Oliver Cain is an English born/New Zealand Artist. His work covers a broad range of topics as it changes and develops as well as a wide range of materials. His artworks, subverted linguistic paintings, ceramic sculptures and installations, bear a certain physicality and push the boundaries between conceptualism and post-pop art.
The creative process behind Cain’s artworks is the most important thing and therefore his artworks can be made of anything and take any form. Appropriated everyday objects transform stereotypes and famous art historical references become twisted. As proud member of the queer community, Cain uses his work to examine, question and criticize the relationships between gender, (homo)sexuality and societies’ misconceptions about those themes. But, despite what it might look like to the contemporary spectator, a purely erotic and queer reading of the work would be misguided. There is an universal profundity at play revealing itself slowly for those willing to look and feel.
Cain’s playful ‘Banana bowl’ serries elude to themes of shame, anonymity and sexuality, but in a way that can be viewed as whimsical and light-hearted. Visually keeping everything simple and clean with a shiny white glaze. His ‘Subverted linguistic’ paintings are open to interpretation with meaningful mark making with subtle indirect gestures sending a message with symbols, shapes, sometimes obvious, sometimes not, using low-key line direction to convey a subtle message that is not realised fully. Personal interpretation gives the work personality and reflects ideas expressed within the work. Provoking thoughts and reactions of these intangible and intimate ideas.