James Oliver


Painting

Artist's Biography

James Oliver is a painter whose precise visual language pushes the tradition of twentieth century abstraction into a contemporary context. Oliver is a conceptually driven formalist whose work is inspired by his dreams and emotional states, which he abstracts into an undetermined and subjective viewing experience by emphasizing line, color, and form. Even as Oliver turns to a figurative practice in recent series, rendering cultural icons like chopper bikes, Pontiac Firebirds, and his childhood poodle in detailed line drawings, these representations similarly evoke broadly accessible affects abstracted from his mental landscape.

Born in Upstate New York, raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, son of an advertising executive, Oliver was exposed from a young age to visual art from its' most commercial applications to more visceral exponential lives. As owner of James Oliver Gallery, Oliver has honed his painting and curatorial skills.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2016
Land Title Building, Center City Philadelphia, PA

2015
Land Title Building, Center City Philadelphia, PA

2006
Painted Lore, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003
James Oliver, Race Street Café, Philadelphia, PA

Two-Person
2009
Hello World, Art Saves the Day, Sebastopol, CA

HotSeat, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2012
Governors Island Art Fair, New York City, NY

2011
Femme, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Inaugural Group Show, Globe Dye Works, Philadelphia, PA

2005-present
Vintage Modern, Philadelphia, PA

2004-2006
Residency and Exhibition, Dane Décor Downtown, Philadelphia, PA

2003-2004
Reminiscences, Cosi, Philadelphia, PA

Other
2009-2016
InLiquid Benefit, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

2006
Four paintings used in the film Invincible, Walt Disney Productions

2005 Live painting exhibit, Artist in Residence Dane Décor Downtown, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

2006-present
Artist, Gallery Owner, Curator, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003
Cover art, Puttin’ it Out . . . Live in Philly, James Oliver, FairWell Records copyright 2004

2001
Cover art, Why Not Mr. Everybody, James Oliver, FairWell Records copyright 2002

1999-2001
Freelance Interior Design, Philadelphia, PA

1995
Juror, Electric Lounge, Austin Acoustic Music Festival, Austin, TX

1992-1994
Arts Commissioner, Austin, Texas

Peer Panel Selector, Arts Commission, Austin, TX

Awards and Honors

2011
Art Residency, Sugarcube, Philadelphia, PA

1999
Opportunity Grant, Victoria College of Art, Melbourne, Australia

1995
Poster Art Prize, Austin Acoustic Music Festival Poster, Austin Chronicle, Austin, TX

Collections

Marguerite Rodgers, Interior Designer, Philadelphia, PA
Steven Starr, Restaurant Entrepreneur, Philadelphia, PA
Brad Richards, Art Collector, Philadelphia, PA
Susan Adams, Boutique Owner, Philadelphia, PA
Philisia Brooks, Art Collector, Philadelphia, PA

Several anonymous private collections, United States

Education

1981-1984
Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Voice

1980-1981
University of Tampa, Tampa, FL
Arts Management