Oliver Searle - Ollie - Artist Profile



Oliver Searle is an artist currently living in Brisbane Australia. With a background in Classical Dance, unexpected experiences including Astral Projection and Kundalini is what Ollie draws upon in his artwork. The first memories Ollie had of art evolve around drawing human figures and fashion.  “It seemed to click after my Kundalin experience to why I drew a lot of human figures. When it comes to fashion I try and find meaning.  It is not just a dress for example; it’s a reflection of all the women who have been a part of my life.”

Ollie works with Acrylic paint on large Canvas.  You can see his influence with his early use of watercolour in his acrylic skin tones with the use of glazing.  Ollie used to only work with paper.  “People were suggesting that I worked with canvas but it never used to feel right.  It was only until I felt that I couldn’t paint with paper any more. My painting was changing a bit and the paper was becoming too flimsy.  It happened organically and then I felt that I had the integrity to move to canvas.”




October 2018 - MIFQ Art Exhibition, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

September 2018 - Q-Art Pride Exhibition, The Myx, West End, QLD, Australia

March 2017 - Bosz Gallery, Fortitude Valley, QLD, Australia

September 2015 - Brisbane Modern Art Gallery, New Farm, QLD, Australia

April 2015 - Brisbane Modern Art Gallery, New Farm, QLD, Australia

October 2012 - Vernissage, Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL, USA
October 2012 - Oh the Horror, Space Club HQ, Chicago, IL, USA
October 2012 - Art For Spine, Lightspace, Brisbane, Qld, Australia
September 2011 - Dreaming Hazel Dooney, Latrobe Contemporary Gallery, Morwell, VIC, Australia
August 2011 - Special Guest, The back room, QLD, Australia
May 2011 - ACT For Kids Annual Exhibition, White Canvas Gallery, QLD, Australia
December 2010 - Deck the Walls, Bleeding Heart Gallery, Ann Street Brisbane, QLD, Australia
November 2010 - A Splash of Red, White Canvas Gallery, Fortitude Valley, QLD, Australia
September 2010 - Freestyle Tout Group Exhibition, West End, QLD, Australia
July 2010 - Freestyle Tout Group Exhibition, Valley Emporium, QLD, Australia
July 2010 - ACT For Kids Annual Exhibition, White Canvas Gallery, QLD, Australia
June 2010 - Sanctuary Cove Emerging Art Festival, Sanctuary Cove, QLD, Australia
June 2010 - Tidy Art Space - Woolongabba Brisbane, QLD, Australia
December 2009 - Petits Travaux Exhibition - Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
June 2009 - Heart Foundation Exhibition - Brisbane, QLD, Australia


Print and Publications


January 2013 - Featured in Lost At E Minor
October 2012 - Featured in 2013 *bespoke* zine calendar
September 2012 - Featured in CIAO::Art lives in Central Illinois
June 2012 - Featured in *Bespoke* Magazine 2012 Issue #7 - Artist in Fashion
May 2011 - Featured in Chaos Magazine Spring 2011 Issue #10 - The Unlikely Super Hero


Education - Art Related


2007 - Diploma of Graphic Design - Southbank Institute of Technology - Brisbane - QLD
2004 - Course - Sketching, Perspective Drawing and Washes - TAFE - Brisbane - QLD
2001 - A-Level Art and Design - Central School of Ballet - London - U.K
2002 - Diploma Professional Performers Course in Classical Ballet & related Subjects - London - U.K
1999 - GCSE Art - Hammond School of Dance and Education - Chester - U.K




September 2017 - Brisbane Fashion Week - Illustration Category - Finalist

February 2011 - Dreaming Hazel Dooney Competition - Invited to participate in exhibition
April 2007 - DG Student Design Competition - Notable mention for James Dean


Artist Statement


The first memories I have of drawing evolve around human figures and fashion. I work with various mediums including watercolour, oil pastels, pencil and acrylic. I hope people can connect and be inspired from my artwork, that they can draw their own interpretations from my works.

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