The Voorkamer Gallery at Chandler House is delighted to be hosting the second solo exhibition by Oliver Scarlin. After spending weeks under a summer sun in 2016 painting tidal pools around the Cape Peninsular en plain air, Scarlin has moved inside his studio to paint a series of still life work. Studio work allows an artist to make and control decisions relating to subject matter, composition and lighting. Scarlin has taken this a step further by creating the very subject matter which later appears on his painted surfaces. Each of the vessels that appear in his exhibition have been hand-made, glazed, painted, fired and then carefully arranged with fruit before being painted by the artist himself. This highlights not just the integrity that the artist has for his craft, but their passion for painting too.
On painting Scarlin says:
“The painting I'm interested in is about the artist's direct response to his individual perceptions of form, colour and light. Perceptual painters work mostly from life, as academics may do, but the goal isn't 'realism'. It places the act of looking and painting in the foreground - painting is not a means to an end, or an illusion of life - perceptual painters reveal the process, are self-aware.”