Olivia Shimeld Bio
With a background in electronic and temporal art, Australian, Katoomba based artist Olivia Shimeld has found a way to give her paintings a uniquely digital aesthetic. Her abstract landscapes, night skies, cloud skies with birds and floral assemblages flash with vibrant neon colours layered atop one another, creating a depth of space reminiscent of a digital screen. Olivia uses high quality acrylic, oil and aerosol paints which she intuitively allows to drip and splatter onto her canvas. At once meditative and energetic, Olivia’s work asks for contemplation as it blurs material boundaries.
Represented by Day Gallery in Blackheath, NSW, Olivia holds a bachelor degree in Visual Art majoring in Electronic and Temporal Art from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney (1997-1999). Olivia studied oil painting fundamentals with Celia Gullett in 2011, and went on to study oil painting/development of personal technique with Celia Gullett from 2013-2017.
Her recent exhibitions include:
Mountains Group 7, group exhibition at Day Gallery, Blackheath, June 2022
Cloud Sky and Landscape, solo show at 107, Redfern, March 2022
The Other Art Fair, Sydney, December 2021
Abstract Landscape, solo show at 107, Redfern, May 2021
The Other Art Fair, Sydney, March 2021
Falling Leaves and Torn Signs (with printmaker Tim Kelly) at The Shop Gallery, Glebe, February 2021
Falling Leaves (alongside Passage sculptures by Morgan Shimeld and New Work by Shane Smithers), Day Gallery, Blackheath October 2020
The Affordable Art Fair, Melbourne, September 2019
Olivia has also shown at First Draft Gallery in 2005, Degree Show, SCA in 1999 and Art Express at AGNSW in 1996.
Olivia has studied (2009-2017) in the areas of oil painting, yoga, meditation and energetic healing. Her studies, living in the Blue Mountains as well as being a mother to four school aged children inform and inspire her painting practise.
“I observe the colours in the sky and the way the light interacts with the clouds, and store those images in my memory bank,” she says. “I work from imagination, intuition and interaction.”
The results are high intensity, uplifting works, bustling with colour and texture. Layering acrylics and aerosol paint alongside oil sticks and oil paint, Olivia’s art is saturated with movement and life.
Each of Olivia’s works are simultaneously considered and spontaneous, producing bold and bright windows into her mind. Her practice of layering colour and texture creates wonderfully rich works, reflecting the great joy the act of painting brings to the artist.
Photo credit: Damien Milan Photography