Jacco Olivier creates short, painterly video animations of abstract and figurative scenes depicted on series of small panels, photographed in stages of progress. Inspired by nature, domestic life, and the fluidity of paint, his dream-like videos fuse the traditional medium of painting with high-definition photography. While pieces such as Stumble (2009) depict a recognizable subject (a painterly beetle righting itself), other pieces such as Landscape (2010) employ a minimal sense of realism with a vague strip of land passing beneath a bird’s eye view. Regardless of subject matter, all of his animations highlight luscious brushstrokes, swaths of saturated color, and paint droplets.
Olivier is a graduate of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and also studied at the Hogeschool voor Kunst en Vormgeving, Den Bosch, from 1991-1996. He has exhibited worldwide, including a 2012 presentation of Revolution (2010) at the New York City Center in conjunction with the New Museum, New York. Other recent solo exhibitions include Instituut voor Mediakunst, Amsterdam (2012); a public art commission at Madison Square Park, presented by the Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York (2012); Jacco Olivier: Recent Video Works, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany (2011); Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England (2010); Centro de Arte de Caja de Burgos, Spain (2010); and Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, Texas (2010).