Lot 520 - Oliver Dorrell - BlackICE
Gouache, Watercolour and Ink on Postcard
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Bidding starts at £50
British artist Oliver Dorrell is a gifted storyteller, his strange yet intimately fascinating tales of travel to places such as India and North Caucasus offer unique insight into the experience of the world. So too Dorrell’s colourful paintings seem a translation of sorts, a fantastic and painterly view into hidden places. The artist’s pictures are distinguished by a sense of imaginative narrative and are rich tapestries of folktales, mythologies and impressionistic travel vignettes. Symbolic landscapes and figures evoke a sense of mystic interludes and the artist frequently draws upon imagery from regional religious imagery, terrain and the intersections of culture and experience. Because Dorrell studied anthropology he brings to his work, a knowledgeable and yet simultaneously open mindset that allows him to take in the idea of influence, preconceived notions, meaning and as well understand the complexity of the view of the traveller or the interloper. Through this process emerges a series of pictures that are often compared to the work of Marc Chagall and yet represent a contemporary world of symbiotic experience, place and tradition.
The artist holds his MA with Distinction, Painting, Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts, London and his BSC, Anthropology, University College London. Dorrell has participated in a number of group shows including at Blasé, London 2019 and 2018; Lewisham Art House, London, 2018; Wimbledon College of Art MA Show, London, 2018.