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AMY OLIVER

I am a UK based self-taught conceptual artist and experimental photographer. My artwork is drawn upon narratives from a feminist perspective based on my own experiences of being a woman. 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, which began as a dollhouse project in 2020 and moved into its first gallery space in Chipping Campden in February 2023 before relocating permanently to Edinburgh in the summer of 2024.

 

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 & PAST SHOWS/EVENTS

​CURATED SHOWS

The House of Smalls, Chipping Campden Gallery

Between The Lines

We Are The Witches

In Memory Of

DOLL

The Time of Her Life III

SCAR

Walk The Line

 

The Dollhouse at The House of Smalls

Between The Lines

We Are The Witches

In Memory Of

DOLL

The Time of Her Life III

SCAR

Walk The Line 

The Time of Her Life II (Fronteer Independent Art Fair)

Shadow (Fronteer Independent Art Fair)

CONFINED 

It's My Life 

A Winter's Tale 

Mirror Mirror on the Wall 

Vintage Castle Eaton 

This Volatile State 

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

The Portrait Within 

Facing It 

October 2018

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

 

CURRENT SHOWS

COMING SOON

 

PREVIOUS SHOWS/EVENTS (full CV available upon request)

Open Art Special by ArtNumber23, Rome

Monochrome 2 by Glasgow Gallery of Photography, Glasgow

The Fronteer Open 2022, by Fronteer Art, Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield

Motion by PH21 Gallery, Experimental Center of Photography, Rome (Honourable mention)

Broadway Arts Festival Open Art Competition Finalist 2022, Broadway Museum & Art Gallery, Broadway, Worcs

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 Copeland Road, London

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

The Art Hunt by Sweet 'Art, East London

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

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, Greece            

​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, The 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​

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