Oliver Perkins is the most recent McCahon House artist-in-residence. He produces works that are suggestive reminders of paintings' relationship to common objects, making reference to art histories, the potential of materials, and cognitive thought processes, all as prompts for an intensive studio practice. In Japanese Laurel, Perkins looks at the potential of examining a singular ‘painting type’, finding the resonating concerns of local architecture, construction methods and colour as attributes that support a looser, more intuitive attempt to articulate the desire of production.
Oliver Perkins was born in 1979 and studied in Christchurch School of Art & Design (CPIT) from 1999-2002. In 2005, he was awarded the Tanz Scholarship, which saw him complete his MZ at Chelsea College of Arts. His work is held in various collections worldwide including Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, University of the Arts Collection (London), Saatchi Gallery (London) and Zabludowicz Collection (London). Perkins is represented by Hopkinson Mossman.
5 August – 1 October 2017
Opening function Sunday 6 August, 3pm