Lot 47 - Oli Epp - Doodle Head
Lot 47 - Oli Epp - Doodle Head
Lot 47 - Oli Epp - Doodle Head

Lot 47 - Oli Epp - Doodle Head

Acrylic on Paper

2022

A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork

Signed on Verso

ARTIST INFO

 

About 

 

Oli Epp’s paintings circulate a number of themes to do with the tragicomic element of living in the 21st century society, dealing with the complexity of identity and anxieties living in the digital age; consumerism and consumption which leads to control and addiction, anxiety and conflict. The paintings work in an endlessly cyclical way of Epp ironically questioning idealisms and our pursuit of perfection and the conflict that arises as a result. 

  

The work is centred around the body and its relationship with the world and others, its shape accentuated; large heads, exaggerated limbs, flattened, almost cartoon-like. But don’t be mistaken, what Epp does with these avatar-esque almost naïve, narcissistic and sometimes sexualised figures in his paintings is convey an externalisation of internal conflicts or states. Underneath the bright pop aesthetic often lies a darker more sobering narrative. 

  

The overall aesthetic of Epp’s paintings conveys the digital world; mimicking the screen, toying with the physicality of surface. The flatness and luminosity of his work reflects our complex relationship with technology; how we use it as extensions of oneself or as a pretence of one’s personality, as a façade. 

 

Education 

 

2014-17     BA (Hons) Fine Art, City & Guilds of London Art School (First Class) 

2013-14     Foundation Diploma, City & Guilds of London Art School 

 

Select Exhibitions/Awards 

 

Solo Exhibitions and Two Person Shows 

  

June 2022  (Forthcoming) Solo show at Perrotin Gallery, New York, United States 

November 2021  (Forthcoming) Solo show at Richard Heller Gallery, LA, United States 

August 2021 ‘Stockholm Syndome’ with Ry David Bradley, Carl Kostyál Gallery at Hospitalet, Stockholm 

March 2021  ‘Souvenir’ with Wanda Koop, Division Gallery, Montreal, Canada 

Sept 2020  ‘Black Swan’ at Semiose Gallery, Paris, France 

Dec 2019    ‘Oxymoron’ at Carl Kostyál Gallery, London, UK  

Sept 2019    Two person show, ‘Karma’ with Roxanne Jackson, DUVE Gallery, Berlin, Germany 

Mar 2019    ‘Contactless’ at Richard Heller Gallery, LA, United States 

May 2018    'Epiphanies' at Semiose Galerie, Paris, France 

  

Selected Group Exhibitions / Fairs 

  

May 2021  ‘Stockholm Sessions"‘, Carl Kostyál Gallery/Hospitalet, Stockholm 

Jan 2021   ‘Friend Zone’, curated by Vaughn Spann, Half Gallery, New York, USA 

Dec 2020    ‘Untitled Art Fair’, Richard Heller Gallery, Miami, USA  

Apr 2020      Online ‘Dallas Art Fair’, Carl Kostyál Gallery, Dallas, USA 

Nov 2019       ‘Adieu to Old England, The Kids Are Alright’, Choi and Lager, Cologne, Germany 

Nov 2019      ‘ART021’, Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, Carl Kostyál, Shanghai, China 

May 2019     ‘Malmo Sessions’, with Carl Kostyal, organized with Erika Hellman and Svenska Hus AB, Malmö, Sweden 

Nov 2018     ‘Untitled’ Art Fair, Booth A41, Richard Heller Gallery, Miami Beach, US 

Nov 2018      Artissima Fair, Semiose Galerie, Torino, Italy 

Sept 2018    ‘Out of Place’, Zsuzsi Roboz Scholarship Show Morley Gallery, London, UK 

June 2018    ‘Exceptional’, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London, UK 

April 2018     ‘Art Brussels’, Semiose Galerie, Brussels, Belgium 

Jan 2018       ‘Emerging Artists 2018’, 45 Park Lane, London, UK 

Jan 2018       ‘Contemporary Visions 8’, Beers Contemporary, London, UK 

Jan 2018       ‘Distilled De Stijl’, TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia 

Dec 2017      Galeristes Art Fair, Semiose Galerie, Paris, France 

Nov 2017      Griffin Art Prize 2017, curated by Becca Pelly-Fry, Griffin Gallery, London, UK 

Oct 2017      The window was open though the door was shut with the window left open, curated by Lily Brooke & Elaine Tam, 3 Ada Road, London, UK 

Sep 2017   We Are The Ones, curated by Galina Munroe, Jordy Kerwick & Simon Ganshorn, Carlsberg Byens Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark 

Jun 2017     City & Guilds of London Art School Degree Show, London, UK 

May 2017    Ruth Borchard Self-portrait Prize 2017, London, UK 

Jun 2016     1st & 2nd Year Interim Show, Diorama Studios, London, UK 

Jun 2015     Liminal, Interim Show, Ragged School Museum, London, UK 

 

Awards / Scholarships/ Prizes/ Residencies 

  

2018    Jealous Art Prize 

2017    Espositivo Residency in Madrid, Spain 

2017    Shortlisted for the Griffin Art Prize 

2017    Zsuzsi Roboz Scholarship 

2017    The Art School Board of Trustees Prize for an Outstanding Piece of Work in the Graduate Show 

2017    (Commended) Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize 2017 

2016    Idun Ravndal Travel Prize 

2016    The Painter-Stainers Scholarship Prize 

2016    Philip Connard Travel Award (The Worshipful Company of Skinners) 

2015    The Painter-Stainers Scholarship Prize 

2014    Prize for Outstanding Work at Foundation Show 

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