Monique Oliver is a British contemporary painter who was born in Hawaii and now lives in the UK. She creates her abstract paintings by pouring paint directly onto the canvas, experimenting with spontaneity.
Inspired by the process
Oliver’s formative years were turbulent and she led an almost nomadic lifestyle, moving from country to country. This transient history heavily influences her art, and she sees pouring paint as metaphor for any evolution or journey. The process is key for Oliver; the interplay between randomness and pattern is symbolic. This conflict is an inevitable part of the creative process but not necessarily destructive.
Despite the unpredictability at play when pouring paint, Oliver works in a deliberate, controlled style. She begins with a foundation layer, and then can add up to 10 more layers during key moments of the drying process. Varying densities of paint colours encourages hydrodynamic instability in the paint, a technique pioneered by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siquieros. Oliver provokes the formation of aesthetically pleasing patterns, created through spontaneity and careful technical control.
Artist on the rise
Oliver has shown her work at solo and group exhibitions across the UK, such as at the Guildhall in Gloucester. She has also exhibited overseas in Italy and the USA. In 2017 Oliver was featured by the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize.