(b. 1954. Leeton, NSW, Australia)
First exhibiting at Access Contemporary Art in 1990 (MAY SPACE's former incarnation), Leslie Oliver has had many solo exhibitions with the Gallery. Having obtained both a Bachelor of Arts from Alexander Mackie College of Fine Art (University of New South Wales) and a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Television Directing from the Australian Film Television and Radio School, Oliver's interests have always been twofold. He co-founded the Sydney Film School, having worked as a director, editor and consultant for many years. Oliver’s prolific sculptural practice has been fostered in tandem with his career in Film and is now his primary focus. He has exhibited work nationally in Australia, as well as in Los Angeles and London.
In his artistic practice, Oliver has successfully experimented with various materials in sculptural and two-dimensional mediums, often blurring the boundaries between the two. He has created freestanding sculptural forms, wall-mounted work and framed objects interacting with paper or cloth surfaces. Most of Oliver's practice consists of embellished and inspired assemblages that incorporate the use of salvaged materials that would otherwise be landfill. His works are thoughtfully composed, with balancing or paired elements, often accented with geometric patterns of rich colour.
Oliver's artworks are held in the collections of Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in NSW, UNSW Art & Design (formerly the College of Fine Arts) in Sydney, Artbank, the Hong Kong International Airport, and the Qantas Collection (in collaboration with Sokquon Tran).