Oliver Cain

Oliver Cain

What inspires your art practice?
My work covers a broad range of topics as it changes and develops. The artworks, subverted linguistic paintings, ceramic and metal sculptures and installations, bear a certain physicality and push the boundaries between conceptualism and post-pop art.
As a proud member of the queer community, I use my work to examine, question and criticise the relationships between gender, (homo)sexuality and societies’ misconceptions about those themes. But, despite what it might look like to the contemporary spectator, a purely erotic and queer reading of the work would be misguided. There is an universal profundity at play revealing itself slowly for those willing to look and feel.

What materials do you work in?
The creative process behind my artworks are the most important thing and therefore my artworks can be made of anything and take any form. Appropriated everyday objects transform stereotypes and famous art historical references become twisted. As such I have worked in painting, ceramic, metal, fabric and even bubble gum.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
When asked what fruit is yellow, what would you say? A playful work that draws attention to the majority vs the minority. Showing to many, personal experiences as well as openly questioning social constructions of shame, anonymity, identity and sexuality, but in a way that can be viewed as whimsical and lighthearted. Drawing on slightly different aspects of queer culture but ultimately interpreting a playful documentation of views; negative, problematic and confronting but also happy, fun and bold.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
In private and public collections throughout New Zealand and exhibiting multiple times throughout the year. Currently represented by Foenander Galleries (Auckland).

Where did you study?


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Sculptures by Oliver Cain

2018 Exhibition

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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