Oliver Perkins takes the constituent elements of painting production as material for aggregation and intervention. Seen and unseen materials like canvas, cardboard, dye, rabbit skin glue, ink, stretcher bars, dowel, and staples are employed as actors in a network of painting practice to be redistributed and realigned, offering new modes of being with and experiencing painted objects.
Born in 1979, Perkins studied at Christchurch School of Art & Design (CPIT) from 1999-2002. In 2005, he was awarded the Tanz Scholarship, which saw him complete his MA at Chelsea College of Arts. His work is held in various collections worldwide including Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, University of the Arts Collection (London), Saatchi Gallery (London) and Zabludowicz Collection (London).
Oliver Perkins currently lives and works in Christchurch, New Zealand.