by Anton Dolders, Regional Chair of Arts for Macmillan Cancer Support
“I work in abstraction. My influences are art and music” – Chris Oliver 2016
Local artist, Chris Oliver is a pioneer in didacticism: I have never known anyone to work in such varied visual styles and media. He is successful on a visual level in all of his selected art forms. When I first encountered his work 2011, it was dimensionally large and assumed the form of friezes; chronicling the progress of intermingled abstract figures colliding within settings of swirling abysses. The work was rendered in dark chalks to created contrast and bold imagery. The whole effect was an extraordinary and preternatural impression.
He recently entered Cambridge Walks gallery with his more recent work which is at first glance appeared to be entirely different. The medium is small digital drawings consisting of obvious layers which intertwine and compliment each others forms and colours. There are specs upon lines; broken forms upon solidity; frayed structures upon clear outlines. I feel that this is somehow representative of Southport’s essence and appearance because of the way in which it incorporates contrasting elements such as architecturally complexity canopies and wrought detail combined with simple seaside facades and embellishment: classical views alongside eccentric visions. Chris stated that he draws much inspiration from the natural creative ambience of the town.
Chris is extensively educated in the arts, having attended Southport College for a Foundation Course and progressing to Fine Art degree level at John Moores University. He has also studied music at Knowsley Community College and Liverpool Community College. His participation in Southport’s music scene is noted as he shoots videos of local bands at prominent venues. Chris Oliver is one of the keenest gallery connoisseurs I have met. He has travelled the world to view art and visited Darwen Gallery; Tate London and frequents St. Ives, Cornwall’s art capital. This may account for his ability to create so variably. There are currently four pieces of Chris Oliver’s work in Cambridge Walks Gallery.
Cambridge Walks Gallery, Southport PR8 1EN
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