Oliver McConnie, 'Factory Town', 2015, Courtesy of the artist

Oliver McConnie

b. 1986, Gloucester

2013-2014 PG Dip Drawing, Royal Drawing School, London
2008-2009 MA Printmaking, Camberwell College of Arts, London
2004-2007 BA Fine Art, University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury

Recent Exhibitions

Group shows:
2014 ‘Verso’, The Tea Building, London
2014 ‘NOA Exhibition’, Somerset House, London
2013 ‘Creekside Open’, APT Gallery, London
2013 ‘RA Summer Exhibition’, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2011 ‘10 Gales Prize’, 10 Gales Gallery, London
2010 ‘Hot off the Press’, Curwen Gallery, London

Artist’s Statement

McConnie’s work is grotesque and carnivalesque. His imagery, through their ambivalence, are attempts to defeat fear through laughter. McConnie uses etching as a great equalizer: beauty and loss are mixed with vomit and daemons. The interlinking narratives of his prints and drawings build-up a world where big-business pumpkin-heads vie with travellers and jesters in an ever increasing pace towards their mutual destruction.