Oliver Cain is an English/ New Zealand Artist. His work covers a broad range of topics and is made from many different materials. His early works are highly floral which influenced later work upon moving to New Zealand. Cain embraced the new visual culture available to him and his work reflects the New Zealand images that imprinted on him as a young man: “New Zealand may be a young country, but it is rich in culture and heritage I am trying to portray the images that struck me when arriving here. The symmetry of these designs all show the harmony of how our culture embraces different aspects of our heritage.”
More recent work has touched on more confronting or challenging issues around homosexuality and the experiences facing the queer community. Making work that is highly personal and deeply meaningful. As well as pushing ideas and feelings around using different materials that add a more physical and tactile feel to the work.
Finalist for The Wallace Art Awards 2019
Overall winner of the Eden Arts Award 2019
Finalist for The Wallace Art Awards 2018
ECC NZ Student Design/ Craft Awards – Highly Commended 2018
Riley Consultant members competition – Merit Award 2018
Royal Easter Show – Merit Award 2018