Oliver Hobday is a Sydney-based artist who works mainly in oil painting. A principal theme in Oliver Hobday’s work is the nature of aloneness, loneliness, alienation and isolation and the search for meaning and connection within the built environment and the natural world. Oliver’s large-scale paintings often depict lone figures dwarfed by the landscape. This invites the viewer to immerse themselves in a world between magic, reality and imagination and evokes a sense of wonder, awe, and reflection on the inner and outer worlds of human experience.
Oliver uses a meticulous process of thin layering to build up the surface of his paintings. Whilst bright and contrasting colour combinations emphasise light and shadow, dualities in nature and humanity. His subject matter is derived from his own imagination and perceptions, modernist art & literature, and popular media. His paintings are also guided by his social work with the marginalised and his personal experiences, and fascination with the built environment and natural world.
Oliver has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the National Art School, Sydney and is commencing his artistic career, having previously studied Psychology, and worked in social welfare for the past two decades.