OSCAR PERRY

 

Oscar Perry (born 1988, Kent, UK) is a Daylesford and Melbourne-based artist whose energetic studio practice is focused primarily on abstract painting. The work however occupies concurrently both a decidedly three-dimensional space and a web-based informational space in the professed motivation of its painterly gesture and in its amused and formal extension into the realm of sculpture. At its core is a serious affection for the muscularity of late modernism.

Perry’s paintings are characterised by a great diversity and pace of mark-making (brush, roller, glove, heat gun, other end of the brush) often combined with composite materials (chalk, encaustic, carpet, logs, hats) in the creation of a large number of works which are edited back to a few. He develops each series along specific narrative themes (conspiracy theories, obscure cultural histories), the result of obsessive, loose-associative internet research and copious audio podcasts which function initially as studio entertainment but which become part of the strata of the paintings, operating as both an intellectual and formal imprimatura.

In 2016, Perry was included in the landmark survey exhibition of contemporary Australian painting, Painting. More Painting, curated by Max Delany, Annika Kristensen and Hannah Mathews at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.

Solo commercial exhibitions include Essential Oils, Bowerbank Ninow, Auckland (2016); A streetcar named re-tir-ee/If slippers could talk, Station, Melbourne (2015); Tee Many Martoonis, Tristian Koenig, Melbourne (2014); Imperial Leather, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne (2012).

Perry has been a regular exhibitor at artist-run-initiatives, presenting solo and two-person exhibitions at Fontanelle, Adelaide (2017 and 2014); Firstdraft, Sydney (2015); Chapter House Lane, Melbourne (2014); West Space, Melbourne (2013); Plinth Projects, Melbourne (2013); TCB art inc, Melbourne (2012).

Perry has initiated a number of curatorial projects including the ongoing Coq au Vin, an exhibition space with an internationally-focused program in an outdoor chicken coup in Daylesford in regional Victoria (since 2015) and the Das Boot Fair, an art fair with over forty artists in an outdoor carpark in North Melbourne as part of Next Wave Festival (with Esther Stewart) (2014).

Perry was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) by the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne in 2009 and a Postgraduate Diploma, Fine Art (Painting) by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne in 2012.

His 2016 painting, Who spilt Patchouli on my parachute?/The day the drumming circle accidentally played a marching song, was acquired by the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland.

The Commercial will present Perry’s work as part of a group exhibition at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair in September 2017 in advance of a solo exhibition at the gallery in March 2018.