My paintings are informed by my everyday experiences and observations. They are autobiographical; sometimes confessional, sometimes irreverent and frequently handled with a humorous sense of pathos. I focus on situations that either involve me, or others that I have witnessed, in public and private moments that pass by as unremarkable, at a glance. But documenting these unreported tragedies in paint is, for me, an act of discovery. I want my imagery to feel familiar to as many people as possible; to draw out the ridiculous comedy of certain shared rituals and behaviours. I begin by recording things I see (or recall) in simple line drawing to economise on the essence of the situation. I have created simplified humanoid characters, which lend a sort of parody of the real world in the way that cartoons do. These avatars have oversized heads and are hermetically sealed by an absence of facial features, which is an exaggerated reflection on human interaction in the post digital age – these figures appear idiotically isolated, but adorned with earpieces, branded items of clothing and objects that are important to consumption and communication. I use the visual language of branding and interplay between graphic and painterly surfaces to create optical confusion, echoing the way that our real and digital lives are merged.


2014-17     BA (Hons) Fine Art, City & Guilds of London Art School (First Class)
2013-14     Foundation Diploma, City & Guilds of London Art School


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Mar 2019     (Forthcoming)  Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy
May 2018    (Forthcoming)  Semiose Galerie, Paris, France
Dec 2017     Vanilla/Beige, City & Guilds of London Art School, London
Apr 2017     Can I Wear Fake Tan To The Funeral, City & Guilds of London Art School, London, England


Selected Group Exhibitions

Sept 2018    (Forthcoming)  Morley Gallery, London, England (Exhibiting work made whilst on my scholarship)
Jan 2018       Emerging Artists 2018, (31 Jan - 31 March) at 45 Park Lane, London, UK
Jan 2018       Contemporary Visions 8, Beers Contemporary, London, UK
Jan 2018       Distilled De Stijl, TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia

Dec 2017      Galeristes Art Fair, Semiose Galerie, Paris, France
Nov 2017      Griffin Art Prize 2017, curated by Becca Pelly-Fry, Griffin Gallery, London, England
Oct 2017      The window was open though the door was shut with the window left open, curated by Lily Brooke & Elaine Tam, 3 Ada Road, London, England
Sep 2017   We Are The Ones, curated by Galina Munroe, Jordy Kerwick & Simon Ganshorn, Carlsberg Byens Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jun 2017     City & Guilds of London Art School Degree Show, London, England
May 2017    Ruth Borchard Self-portrait Prize 2017, London, England

Jun 2016     1st & 2nd Year Interim Show, Diorama Studios, London, England

Jun 2015     Liminal, Interim Show, Ragged School Museum, London, England


Awards / Scholarships/ Prizes/ Residencies

2017    Espositivo Residency in Madrid, Spain
2017    Shortlisted for the Griffin Art Prize
2017    Zsuzsi Roboz Scholarship
2017    The Art School Board of Trustees Prize for an Outstanding Piece of Work in the Graduate Show
2017    Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize 2017 (Commended) 
2016    Idun Ravndal Travel Prize
2016    The Painter-Stainers Scholarship Prize
2016    Philip Connard Travel Award (The Worshipful Company of Skinners)
2015    The Painter-Stainers Scholarship Prize
2014    Prize for Outstanding Work at Foundation Show



Dec 2017    Oli Epp tackles the everyday experience for Espositivo Residency in Madrid - Juxtapoz Magazine
Nov 2017    Dealing with new technologies through the medium of paint - Interview with Dateagleart
Aug 2017    Interview with Reciprocal Art Magazine
Aug 2017    First 'Instagram' Interview with Chance Gallery
Jul 2017      Meet the rising LGBTQ+ stars of the creative sector - by The Drum
Jul 2017      Championing Diversity: Meet the LGBT+ Creative Leaders of Tomorrow - Article by The Dots & WeTransfer
Jun 2017     Introducing Rising Young Artist Oli Epp - Interview with John Bingham
May 2017    Oli Epp's Humor embedded in the post-digital culture - Interview with Art Verge
Dec 2016    Early Blue Chip Artists to Invest In - by GQ Magazine



Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection
Terry de Gunzberg Collection
Private Collections