I am an LGBTQIA+ artist who has roots in Mauritius, Ireland and England. Based in North London my practice primarily focuses on exploring race, gender and identity. 

Melding pop culture with life experience I create figurative paintings which are rooted in the present, these works are often an emotional response to social constructs and are deeply connected to his surroundings.

I consider myself predominantly a painter and enjoy experimenting with traditional mediums such as Indian ink, oil paint, water colour and pencil. I also like to incorporate and experiment with pen, clay, spray paint and collage. 

Some of my favourite reads (fiction): 

Bernadine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other; William Burroughs, Naked Lunch; Colson Whitehead, Underground Railroad; Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire; James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room; Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Art Not the Only Fruit;   F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby; Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give; Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life; Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer; Mohsin Hamid, Exit West; Bandi, The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea; Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Refugees; Jose Saramago, Blindness; Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Before the Coffee Gets Cold; Yoko Ogawa, The Memory Police; Christy Lefteri, The Beekeeper of Aleppo; Alice Oseman, Heartstopper       Vol 1-3; Cho Nam-Joo, Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982; George Orwell, 1984; David Mitchell, Slade House. 

Inspiring artists: 

Robert Mapplethorpe, Frida Khalo, Zanele Muholi, Raymond Pettibon, Gordon Parks, Sarah Lucas, Shirin Neshat, Yinka Shonibare, Ai Weiwei, Luchita Hurtado, Laura Owens, Ben Eine, Heidi Butcher, Amy Sherald, Kara Walker, Helmut Newton, Jean-Michel Basquait, Yayoi Kusama, Isaac Julien, Georgia O'Keeffe, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Tammam Azzam, Alvaro Barrington. 

Some of my favourite reads (non-fiction):

Jennifer Clement, Widow Basquait: A Memoir; Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race; Patti Smith, Just Kids; Michelle Obama, Becoming; Hayden Herrera, Frida: A Biography of Frida Khalo; Paolo Giordano, How Contagion Works: Science, Awareness and Community in Times of Global Crisis; Greta Thunberg, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference; K. Anders Ericsson, Peak: Secrets from the new Science of Expertise; Primo Levi, If this is a Man/ The Truce; George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London.

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Please direct enquires to: artyoliver94@gmail.com