Art Center Gallery is pleased to introduce two new images in a series of paintings by Richard J. Oliver offering his interpretation of classic scenes from the 1865 book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.
“DRINK ME” represents the first moment of indecision in a journey that gets ‘curiouser and curiouser.’
“THE JOURNEY BEGINS” Alice finds herself in a mysterious hall with the White Rabbit
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About the artist: Richard James Oliver
Born in Pontypridd, Wales in 1975. Currently Paints and resides in Los Angeles CA. Solo exhibitions include the Known Gallery, Hollywood, Los Angeles. Museum of Modern Art, Wales. Attic Gallery, Swansea and Rhondda Heritage park permanent Mural. Mixed Exhibitions Worldwide including London, New York and most recently Los Angeles. Paintings currently hang in Museums and public display throughout the UK and private clients are worldwide.
Richard J Oliver was born and raised in Wales, United Kingdom, studied Fine Art at the University of the West of England and undertook his Masters at UWIC in Wales. In his time between studies, Oliver built his reputation, beginning in Wales and later gaining recognition throughout the UK. His work has been included in numerous European group shows, which then segued into solo shows, including an exhibition at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in Wales.
Oliver's early work focused on his homeland, particularly the struggle of its youth trying to find identity in the aftermath of the local mining industry's demise. His work often showcased the skeleton landscapes of mining villages in the Welsh valleys juxtaposed with contemporary youth.
His latest works explore more universal subjects, from environmental issues to humanitarian and social problems that are close to his heart.
Since becoming a parent, Oliver has explored the anxieties of raising a child in an environment on the brink of disaster. The images touch on the tragedy of children forced to survive in an apocalyptic environment and violently fend for themselves. He transforms the natural instincts of fatherhood and family protection into striking visuals. More recently, portraits have crossed into the dark, brooding world of Grimm's fairytales and surrealistic subjects that help convey the emotion and tragedy of our world's children. Oliver works closely with many charities, most recently donating proceeds to Dreamlovecure.org and City of Hope's Department of Pediatrics.
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