Upcoming Exhibition Wild Man Dreaming II at Art2Muse Gallery 6 – 19 August 2019
Olivier Rasir, born in Momalle, Liege, Belgium 1973, immigrated to Australia in 1995. He was involved in modelling and acting and began painting in 2003. As a full-time artist, Olivier is an autodidact, he is also involved in natural therapies. Olivier has exhibited around Sydney and his works are held in private and corporate collections in Australia, Canada, Germany, USA, UK and Belgium.
Wild Man Dreaming – 2018
Wild Man Dreaming combines Olivier’s signature painting style (abstract, saturated colour field and line paintings in heavy oil pastels) with a reduced, experimental direction focusing on the fundamentals of abstract painting: raw materials, surface, gestural and incidental mark making. Across both styles, Olivier’s paintings come to life in the viewer’s imagination, where more figurative elements can appear such as aerial views, pathways, gardens and animals.
As a process-based abstractionist, Olivier’s paintings come from a place of impulsion and poetic expression, where one material or mark will inform the next. Olivier will paint both the front and back of his raw canvas, allowing colours to bleed through to form subtle and soft tonal variation in an otherwise untouched background. In some works, the canvas is cut, folded and manipulated as a medium itself, forming unpainted lines and textures that are incidentally marked along the way. In others, Olivier will write poetry as an underpainting, before overlaying with colour blocks and line work
The colours and forms that begin to appear through his process serve as the starting points for his expressive overpainting, rich with movement, rhythm and balance. The act of painting becomes performative and dance-like, which is effortlessly captured in his unstretched paintings of raw canvas framed under glass. These present the work in its purest form at the end of the painting process, unchanged as it would be in his studio.
2018 Wild Man Dreaming – Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, Australia
2011 Open To The Landscape Group Show – Frances Keevil Gallery, Double Bay, Australia
2011 End Of Year Group Show – Frances Keevil Gallery, Double Bay, Australia
2010 Recent Works Solo Exhibition – Frances Keevil Gallery, Double Bay, Australia
2010 Summer Group Show – Frances Keevil Gallery, Double Bay, Australia
2009 Seasonal Group Show – Frances Keevil Gallery, Double Bay, Australia
2009 Primary Solo Exhibition – Brandling Street Studios, Alexandria, Australia
The Design Files – Wild Man Dreaming 2018
Badlands Journal – 2018
Robert, Berlin, Germany – Photo Reportage + Interview, 2017
The Sydney Morning Herald – Style, Secret Sydney, March 2011
Vogue Living, Australia – Special Edition Before+After Autumn/Winter 2009
The Daily Telegraph, Home, August 2009
France 24 – Cable TV, 2009 – Personalities, France
Australian & Apartment Living Trends, Vol. 24 # 16 The Human Rights Defender, 2005, Vol. 14 issue 2
Olivier’s work is held in private and corporate collections in Australia, Canada, USA, UK and Belgium.
Newborn Care Centre (NCC) Royal Hospital for Women (RHW), Randwick
Muscular Dystrophy Australia (MDA)
Annual donation to Sydney Montessori School / Montessori Foundation