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.


Education

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

Sept 2019   (Forthcoming) DUVE Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Mar 2019    (Forthcoming)  Richard Heller Gallery, LA, United States
May 2018    'Epiphanies' at Semiose Galerie, Paris, France

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

Sept 2018    (Forthcoming)  Morley Gallery, London, England (Exhibiting work made whilst on my scholarship)
June 2018    Exceptional, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London, England
April 2018     Art Brussels (Fair), Semiose Galerie, Brussel, Belgium
Jan 2018       Emerging Artists 2018, 45 Park Lane, London, England
Jan 2018       Contemporary Visions 8, Beers Contemporary, London, England
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

2018    Jealous Art Prize
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    (Commended) Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize 2017
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

 

Press

Jul 2018    Carpe Diem, Kid - Interview with Kristin Farr-  Juxtapoz Magazine
Jun 2018   Young artists revealing themselves on instagram - Le Monde (in French)
Jun 2018   All you need to know about painting on social media - Les in Rocks (in French)
May 2018   Oli Epp, virtuosis of the virutal - Liberation (in French)
May 2018   Oli Epp is the new kid on the block - Trebucher Magazine
May 2018   An Old Master for the Digital Age —  Oli Epp at Paris Gallery Weekend - Smartify
May 2018   Oli Epp "Epiphanies" in Paris - Juxtapoz Magazine
May 2018   Interview with Young Space
May 2018    Epiphanies is the exhibition playing around with the boundaries of art - Hunger Magazine
May 2018    Galerie Semiose : Oli Epp « Post-Digital Pop Painter » - Le Quotidien de l'Art (in French)
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    '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     Oli Epp: Painting Human Behaviours and Habitual Rituals - 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

 

Collections

V&A Museum's Permanent Print Collection
Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection
Terry de Gunzberg Collection
Private Collections