Jacco Olivier

Painting and video art converge in the work of Jacco Olivier (NL, 1972). The Dutch artist commenced his career in painting on a large scale. Yet, to better understand what he was doing, he started taking pictures of parts of his paintings and assembled these on his computer to create animations – stories of the painted object. Ever since, Olivier has been painting mostly in small format, to subsequently photograph individual images and render new animations. The result is sometimes a monumental projection, like on the Euromast, and sometimes a small film displayed on a TV-screen.


Perpetuum is a film of a euphoric figure acrobatically jumping in perpetuity. In 2022, this work was made for projection on the Zuidertoren, a former lighthouse on the Dutch Wadden-island Schiermonnikoog. It was commissioned by Foundation Hi-Lo, which initiates large-scale projects around the Wadden Sea.

There is also a smaller edition available, which will be premiered at Art Rotterdam 2023 in the booth of Galerie Ron Mandos. For more information about Art Rotterdam, please click here.

In Perpetuum we see a portrait of a liberated figure, someone who has the courage to leap as high as possible into the unknown. The work evokes a sense of simplicity and unambiguity. It is a work that people can easily remember and relate to.

Video credits: Jacco Olivier, Perpetuum, Animation, 3:15 min, 2022

The work also relates to a previous video work by Jacco Olivier: Momentum. In this video we see a figure on a spring-board, doubting whether or not to jump. It symbolizes how one can feel trapped inside and have trouble making choices.

Video credits: Jacco Olivier, Momentum, Animation, 4:16 min, 2019

About the artist

Jacco Olivier is a graduate of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. He has exhibited worldwide, notably at ZKM, Karlsruhe; Sammlung Goetz, Munich; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY; Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht; MCA Denver, CO; The 56th Venice Biennial, Venice; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem; New York City Center/New Museum, New York, NY, and GEM, The Hague. His art is held in many public collections, including Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; the Honart Museum, Tehran; the Zabludowicz Collection, London, and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL. In 2019, he was awarded the Jeanne Oosting Prize for figurative painting in The Netherlands.

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