AMY OLIVER

I am a UK based self-taught conceptual artist and my work is drawn upon narratives from a feminist perspective based on my own experiences of women’s rights and identity, domestic and sexual violence, mental health disorder and invisible illness. My intention is to keep issues considered stigma visible through artwork by creating subtle, relatable pieces portraying both the frangible and durable elements of our existence; expressing vulnerability and instability but also alluding to the fundamental core strength within. I enjoy responding to both reference and materials in unconventional ways, pushing their and my boundaries.

I often use mannequins in my work - their anonymity and uniformity enable me to tackle subjects such as gender-based violence and women’s health on a human but impersonal level. Female mannequins generally conform to male gaze idealism and using them to create work disrupting that cliché is an important element of my practice.

My work has been exhibited throughout the UK and in Europe, Japan and USA, and in June-July 2019 I had my first solo show, Still Life, at The Jam Factory, Oxford. In October 2018 I co-curated (In)visible at Espacio Gallery, London, a group exhibition which coincided with World Mental Health Day and brought together 43 international, emerging and accomplished artists. I am founder and curator of The House of Smalls.

 

Most of my work is available as unique handmade transfer prints (300gsm A6-A3) or limited edition aluminium and acrylic prints (all sizes). 

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CURRENT & UPCOMING SHOWS/EVENTS

CURATED SHOWS

CONFINED at The House of Smalls

It's My Life at The House of Smalls

A Winter's Tale at The House of Smalls

Mirror Mirror on the Wall at The House of Smalls

Vintage Castle Eaton at The House of Smalls

This Volatile State at The House of Smalls

The Time of Her Life at The House of Smalls (co-curated with Catherine Oliver)

The Portrait Within at The House of Smalls

Facing It at The House of Smalls

October 2018

'(In)visible' by Atramental (co-curated with Jenni Bea), Espacio Gallery, London

PREVIOUS SHOWS/EVENTS (full CV available upon request)

Get Out of Your Skull, travelling art project by 10Dence Gallery, Belgium, France & the Netherlands

The Absurd by FUBAR Collective, The Crypt, Euston, London

#43Artists by Cultivate (online)

Emergent Vision by Uncovered Collective at 137/139 Copeland Road, London

Vienna Calling II 'All You Need is Love' by Atelier Cool Pool & ArtCan at Galerie Art Pool, Vienna 

The Art Hunt by Sweet 'Art, East London

You Can't Paint That! by Smash The Narrative at NDSM Fuse, Amsterdam 

Trenton 2020 'AAN 2020 Virtual Selects Exhibition', New Jersey, US (online)

Art All Night Trenton 2020' New Jersey, US (online)

The Resilient Self by The Artists' Pool at Espacio Gallery, London

Depiction - the human form at Heseltine Gallery, Truro School, Truro

Chapter I by ArtNumber23, Thissio, Athens             

Peerfest 2019'by Mind, West Bromwich Albion FC, Birmingham

Sheroes-Revoluciones by Lon-Art, Ugly Duck, London

The Death of Art by Sweet 'Art, The Stash Gallery, Vout-O-Reenee’s, London

Still Life (solo show), The Jam Factory, Boiler Room Gallery, Oxford

Uncertainty & The Unknown by City Arts Nottingham & the Institute of Mental Health, IMH, Nottingham

Dancing with Demons, DWD Events (charity fundraiser for Mind), Create Centre, Bristol

Portraits Without Faces by PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Have a H'Art by Sweet 'Art (fundraising event), The Stash Gallery, Vout-O-Reenee’s, London

Twitter Art Exhibit (postcard fundraiser for Mind), Out of The Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh

FLUX Exhibition, The National Army Museum, Chelsea, London​

Nostalgia by Artnumber23, Misc. Art Center, Timisoara, Romania/TOON, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ich Will (Rammstein themed club night) by 8 Music Group, Nightclub Kolis, London

Unspoken by Sweet 'Art, The Stash Gallery, Vout-O-Reenee’s, London

Illuminate Herstory exhibition, St Catherine's College, University of Oxford 

Pink by Clouds Art Coffee, Suginami, Tokyo

Intent by Cultivate at BMST Space, London​

TRIBE17 by Chrom-Art, The Bargehouse, Oxo Wharf Tower, London

Art Event by Nasty Women UK, Stour Space, London

FemFest by Sweet 'Art in partnership with Ugly Duck, London 

Mental Health Charity Fundraising Auction by Chilli Studios at Holy Biscuit Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne 

Stimulus by Artnumber23, Greenhouse, Berlin/Municipal Art Gallery of Piraeus, Athens/Menier Gallery, London

At This Point In Time by WITP, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh

Gluttony by Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans, Herts

East Kent Artists' Open House weekends, Margate, Kent

Humans by Made In.. Art Gallery, Venice, Italy

The Nude by Candid Arts Trust, Islington, London

Breakfast in Beirut by Artiki Eventi, Treviso, Italy​