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BRABOURNE ROOM

Artist Focus | Olly Fathers

3 May - 18 September 2022

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ROSL ARTS welcomes Olly Fathers, the latest contemporary British artist to display a series of recent works in the Brabourne Room as a part of our Artist Focus programme. He is a multi-media artist working in a variety materials from painting and sculpture to large-scale murals and collage.

Over the past few years Fathers has been making artwork with a wide selection of wood veneers using traditional marquetry techniques. His work explores the visual language between simple form and material, working shapes into playful harmonies to create a tranquil balance. Due to the nature of the marquetry making process there is an excess number of veneer offcuts created. Rather than discard these, each form is embraced and arranged into new compositions that celebrate their own recycled beauty.

Series of offcuts 2 (2022), which is on display in the Brabourne Room, is an exploration of a single collection of wood veneer offcuts, arranged in multiple compositions. Each work is cut by hand and in doing so, a new set of offcuts are created and repurposed. This series celebrates the process of constant rotation and encourages us to look closely at these previously disregarded forms. It is a poignant reminder to look at our own way of using natural resources respectfully with creativity and points towards ROSL's recent renovation of the original gifted wood panels upstairs in the Hall of India & Pakistan.

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Olly Fathers, Series of offcuts 2, various wood veneers in Solid Sapele frame, 41 x 31cm (1/4) - Image courtesy of the artist

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Olly Fathers 2

Olly Fathers, Series of offcuts 2, various wood veneers in Solid Sapele frame, 41 x 31cm (2/4) - Image courtesy of the artist

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Olly Fathers 3

Olly Fathers, Series of offcuts 2, various wood veneers in Solid Sapele frame, 41 x 31cm (3/4) - Image courtesy of the artist

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Olly Fathers, Series of offcuts 2, various wood veneers in Solid Sapele frame, 41 x 31cm (4/4) - Image courtesy of the artist

 

Olly Fathers (b. 1987, Burton-upon-Trent) lives and works in Brixton, London. Olly studied at Wimbledon College of Art (2010), his work has previously been commissioned for Soho House in London, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam and Mumbai. Recent exhibitions include; 'Objects of Art', House of Vans, London (2020); 'Perfectionism A Trick of the Eye IV', Open Art Advisory, New York (2020); 'Form Block Form', Bearspace Gallery, London (2020); 'Harder Edge', Hospital Club, London (2019); 'Jealous Needs You', Jealous Gallery, London (2018) and 'Micromegas', Saatchi Gallery, London (2018). Fathers' work can be found in the London School of Economics Collection and private collections across UK, Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

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