Harley Oliver | Stanley Street Gallery

Harley Oliver

In the late 1960s Harley went to Wimbledon Art School in London, painting English landscapes in an era of abstract minimalism. Post art school, Harley’s career was in television as an editor at the BBC, then producer and director, making documentaries for National Geographic and the Discovery Channel as well as programs for TV channels in Australia and New Zealand.

Harley now dedicates the majority of his time to being an artist in his studio in Roseberry Sydney.

 

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Solo Exhibition

Click here Dad Took a Picture - 10th August- 3rd September 2016 to View Exhibition

Time erodes. It slides across a scene like a second shutter, obliterating narrative.

Everyone has old family photos and as a kid you grow up with the stories that go with them. My dad took
lots of photos and whenever we went through them
he could provide a pretty good running commentary about who was who and how their lives had played out. But now, there’s often a gap in the narration, I don’t remember the details as he did. I wish I’d written down who everyone was and dad’s gone now. So faces look out, absorbed in that moment in their life but they are people in a photo who've lost their story. Their context is gone. All that remains is dad’s cryptic fragments of description. Hints of a story. How fragile we seem. Time pushes us aside.

These paintings are about time, that corrosive shutter.

Harley Oliver They Married

Click Here for Inappropriate Nudity - Harley Oliver - 29th October- 22nd November 2014  to View Exhibtion

OLIVER explores nudity in unexpected situations. Whether it’s today’s celebrities, early explorers, 1930’s beach-goers, or even the Queen of England herself, no one is off limits.

Though better known for his work in television, with documentaries on Discovery and National Geographic, his first love was painting. His Great, Great, Great Grandfather was well known English portrait artist Samuel Massey, who married the sister of his friend and fellow painter JN Rhodes. Harley's Grandfather was also a painter, although as a dairy farmer in Taranaki.

Harley started painting with oils when he was eight and in the late 1960's went to Wimbledon Art School in England. Unfortunately, I was painting English landscapes when everyone else was into abstract minimalism.  Still, I got my degree in painting which didn't help me at all with my first job at the BBC. Television became my career.  He still painted when he had time, between projects, which because he was freelance, was often.

Resistance 2014 Oil on Linen 76x91cm $4,800.00

Resistance 2014 Oil on Linen 76x91cm $4,800.00

 

Group Exhibitions

Click Here Portraits 5th August - 29th August 2015 to View Exhibition

 

In the late 1960’s Harley attended Wimbledon Art School in London, painting English landscapes in an era of abstract minimalism. It was a tough way to earn a BA in painting. Harley’s career was in television, as an editor, producer and director, making documentaries for National Geographic and the Discovery Channel as well as programs for TV channels in Australia and New Zealand.