My work, directly or indirectly has always been related to the natural environment; space, time and memory, moving from one point of focus and concept to another, with a subsequent shift of process, approaches and medium; from creating conceptual site-specific installations to drawing and painting approaches, as it has done for the past 10 years. Yet, within employing these traditional approaches and use of mediums, I will often investigate processes and techniques, such as exploring surface qualities; fusing oil paint and water-based materials together. My current work employs Lidar technology, a system for creating a digital 3D cloud point map of a space. I have currently been focusing on scanning sites around Scotland, such as The Lost Valley, which are processed before being translated and developed in the studio. It is working in this way, employing digital technologies alongside those traditional approaches to explore geological and geomorphic features and characteristics of a location through memory, space and time.
Oliver has been a tutor, lecturer and Teaching Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art and University of Edinburgh since 1999. He is currently in post as Head of Arts , Centre for Open Learning, University of Edinburgh.
UAL: Postgraduate Certificate in H.E. - Learning & Teaching (2007)
Master’s of Fine Arts Degree at Edinburgh College of Art (1999)
Fine Art (Hon's) Degree at Hull College of Art (1993)
Foundation Diploma at Leeds College of Art (1989)
11/17-2/18 'Varieties of Presence', Tweeddale Gallery, Peebles, Scotland.
5/08-6/08 Superficial Intrusions, Hull College of Art & Design, England.
12/20-1/21 'Flow' Visual Arts Scotland Members Winter Show.
1/2019 ‘Alight’ - Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh.
12/2016 ‘Fly’ - Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh.
2/2015 ‘Converge’ - Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh.
7/14-10/14 ‘Beyond Land’, BP Atrium Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland.
5/12-6/12 Duns Castle, Scottish Borders, Scotland.
2009 Environmental Sculpture, iPark, East Haddam Connecticut, USA.
12/08 ‘Open Studios’, iPark, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA.
5/08-5/08 ‘Art for Rosie’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
4/00-5/00 Wasps, (Stockbridge Gallery), Edinburgh.
1992 Student Art Show, Maastricht, Netherlands.
AIR (artist in residence)
2013 ‘Outlandia’, Glen Nevis, Scotland. (unfinished).
2008 iPark, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA
1998 Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio, USA.
1999 'Focal Stone', Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Scotland.