Biography

Jacco Olivier fuses painting and filmmaking by repeatedly reworking paintings in generous casual brush strokes and systematically photographing each development. The various stages are combined into projected animations. The resulting films are enigmatic and experiential - moving in and out of abstraction they reveal the traces and decisions made by the artist in the process of painting. While there is a clear and quite complex process involved in their creation, Olivier does not set a thematic agenda for the works, or for their relationship to one another. The films are instead imagined as windows onto converging, and often elegantly simple, moments of daily life - a bus journey, a swim in the ocean, or a walk through the woods. At this convergence of painting and cinema, however, lies an uneasy tension, a feeling that something is about to happen or has just happened that is unexpected and beyond our control.

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Education

  • 1997-1998 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam
  • 1991-1996 Hogeschool voor Kunst en Vormgeving, Den Bosch, NL

Awards & Nominations

  • 2019 Jeanne Oosting Prijs 2019
  • 2012 Residency, Artpace, San Antonio, TX, USA
  • 1998 Buning Brongers Sitchting, ‘Buning Brongers  Prijs’, Amsterdam

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017 Doing identity, Die Sammlung Reydan Weiss, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum, Germany
    Cosmology in flux, Tarble Arts Center, Charleston, Illinois, USA
  • 2016 Liquid Painting, Liquid Time, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, USA
    BOESKY EAST, New York, NY, USA
  • 2015 New Works, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
    Galerie der Stadt Backnang, Backnang, Germany
  • 2014 GEM, The Hague, NL
    Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA
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  • 2012 New York City Center, curated by the New Museum, New York, NY
    Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Amsterdam, NL
    Madison Square Park, presented by the Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York, NY
  • 2011 Galerie Thomas Schulte, Jacco Olivier: Recent Video Works, Berlin, DE
    Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
    Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
    Centro de Arte de Caja de Burgos, Burgos, ES
  • 2010 Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA
    Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2008 I M ART, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2007 Pilar Parra & Romero, Madrid, ES
    Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
    Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
    Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, DE
  • 2005 Im Kabinette: Video Works, Gallery Thomas Schulte, Berlin, DE
  • 2004 New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Moving Pictures, November 13 – December 11, 2004
    Moving Pictures, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
  • 2001 Stichting Plus Min, Renesse, Netherlands
  • 2000 Yves Hoffmann Gallery, Paris, FR

Collections

Honart Museum, Tehran, Iran
The Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
Sammlung Olbricht, Essen Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA
Tishman Speyer Collection, New York, USA
The Logan Collection, New York, USA
Vail Calder Foundation, New York, USA
The Margulies Collection, Miami, USA
The Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA

Catalogues

  • 2007 Fantasmagoria: Dibujo en movimiento, Fundacion ICO, Madrid
  • 2005 Most Wanted, Olbricht Collection, Essen, Germany
  • 2003 Fast forward, Media Art Sammlung Goetz, Munchen, Germany
  • 1999 Prix de Rome 1999, Uitgeverij 010, Rotterdam, NL
  • 1999 Junge Szene, Secession, Vienna, Austria
  • 1998 Buning Bongers Prijzen 1998, Buning Bongers Stichting, Amsterdam
  • 1998 Koninklijke subsidie voor de vrije schilderkunst, Amsterdam, NL

Selected Bibliography

  • 2016 Keh, Pei-Ru. “Light work: artist Jacco Olivier fuses painting and film to mysterious effect,” Wallpaper* Magazine (January 14, 2016) [online]
  • 2012 Calos, Katherine. “InLight 2015 expands to two nights,” Richmond Times–Dispatch (November 11, 2015) [online] Carlson, Jen. “Madison Square Park Gets New Wildlife… With New Art Project,” Gothamist (January 10, 2012)
    Gerecitano, Liz; Mancuso, Anne. “Spare Times for Jan. 6-12: Around Town,” The New York Times (January 5, 2012) [online]
    Wyma, Chloe. “27 Questions for Dutch Painter Jacco Olivier,” Blouin Artinfo (January 18, 2012) [online] 2012    “Jacco Olivier’s ‘Painterly Animations’ Bring Madison Square Park to Life,” Arts Observer (January 12, 2012) [online]

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  • 2011 Holland, Heather. ”New Mad. Sq. Art exhibit, opening in December, will feature animation,” Town & Village (November 24, 2011)
    Johnson, Mary. “Avant Garde Animation to Take Over Madison Square Park,” DNA info November 30, 2011) [online]
    Vogel, Carol. “Highliting Influence of Asia Behind Artwork,” The New York Times (November 18, 2011) [online]
    Yi, David. “Free & Cheap in New York: Fri., Dec. 30,” New York Daily News (December 30, 2011) [online]
    “Jacco Olivier: Sneak Peeking Park Art,” Curbed (December 15, 2011) [online] “Madison Square Park,” Art Media Agency (December 1, 2011) [online]
    “This week in New York, Mad. Sq. Art: Jacco Olivier, Critics’ pick,” Time Out New York (December 15, 2011) [online]
    “Jacco Olivier: Sneak Peeking Park Art,” Curbed, December 15, 2011
    Johnson, Mary. “Avant Garde Animation to Take Over Madison Square Park,” DNAinfo.com, November 30, 2011
  • 2010 Whitaker, Blake. “Blaffer Art Gallery: First Take: Jacco Olivier,” Houston Press, May 13, 2010
    Weiner, Emily. “Critic’s Pick: Jacco Olivier,” Artforum, March 23, 2010
    Johnson, Ken. “Jacco Olivier,” The New York Times, March 12, 2010
  • 2008 Lax, Thomas J. “Images in Motion,” Artkrush, February 20, 2008, http://www.artkrush.com/current/#feature
  • 2007 Independent, Jacco Olivier, Peter Chapman, 19 January 2007
    Independent on Sunday, Moving pictures from the Netherlands, Charles Darwent, 14 January 2007
  • 2005 Art in America, by P.C. Smith, May
    Artnews, by Joseph Jacobs, February
  • 2003 London Evening Standard, “New Dutch mastery to celebrate a rebirth”, Nick Hackworth
    Metro London, “The rijks way to see art”, Fisun Guner
    Time Out, London, Martin Coomer
  • 2001 PZC, “Olivier zit tussen abstract en figuratief” Margreet van den Broek 1998     De Volkskrant, “Open studio’s Rijksakademie”
  • 1998 NRC Handelsblad, “Open dagen voor jonge kunstenaars”, Sandra Smallenburg De Volkskrant, Verbeelding gevoed door ontheemding”, Sacha Bronwasser
    Trouw, “Vrije Figuratie zet de toon”, Robbert Roos

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019 Virtuoos! Israels tot Armando, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands
    Jacco Olivier / Ronald Zuurmond, Vincent van Gogh Huis, Zundert, The Netherlands
    Een Schitterende Afzondering, Fort bij Asperen, Acquoy, The Netherlands
    Jeanne Oosting Prijs 2019, De Vishal, Haarlem, The Netherlands
    Jacco Olivier, Maryland Hall Arts Center, Annapolis, MD, USA
    Stilte, The Ketelfactory, Schiedam, The Netherlands
    Healing Light, 14 februari tot en met 19 mei, LUMC Leiden, The Netherlands
    The Greatest Longing, The Act of Painting, BOHUSLÄNS MUSEUM, Uddevalla, Sweden
  • 2018 De Meest Eigentijdse Schilderijen Tentoonstelling, Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2017 Nieuwe Streken, Museum Hilversum, Hilversum, NL
  • 2015 InLight, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, USA
    La Biennale di Venezia, Azerbaijan Pavilion, Vita Vitale, Venice, Italy
    Buitengaats, Jacco olivier, Ronald Zuurmond, Ketelfactory Schiedam, NL
    Out There #2-outdoor videoprojections- Rotterdam, NL
    Jacco Olivier en Benjamin Li, Villa Mondriaan, Winterswijk, NL
    Vita Vitale, Azerbaijan Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia, IT
    Metamorphosen, ovidius in de hedendaagse kunst. Rijksmuseum Twente, Enschede, NL
    Move on, 100 jaar animatie kunst,Kade Kunsthal in Amersfoort, Amersfoort, NL
    Laureaten Buning Bongers prijs, Museum Henriette Polak, NL
  • 2014 Cycle, Museum Hilversum, Hilversum, NL
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  • 2013 The House of the Seven Gables, University Galleries, Illinois State University College of Fine Arts, Normal, IL, USA
    Afterlife: Jacco Olivier & Jennifer West, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
  • 2012 Artpace, Jacco Olivier, Leslie Hewitt and Mike Osbourne, curated by Sarah Lewis, San Antonio, TX, USA
    CHORUS, selección de vídeos de la colección de Martin Z. Margulies, Fundación Foto Colectania, Barcelona, ES
    What’s Up? De jongste schilderkunst in Nederland, Dordrechts Museum, Dordrechts, NL
    Stichting Kunstfort, Luid Land, Vijfhuizen, NL
  • 2011 6 x Rijksakademie Alumni, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
    New World Center in collaboration with Artprojx, Revolution, Art Video at Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FL, USA
    Ogilvy & Mather, curated by Jun Lee, New York, NY
    Visual Museum, Saitama, Japan
    Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny, Ireland
    Peace Starts with Me, World Peace Festival, Berlin, DE
  • 2010 Humanimal, Portsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, NH, USA
    In the Company of Alice , Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
    SITE Santa Fe 8th Biennial: The Dissolve, Santa Fe, NM, USA
  • 2009 Remote Viewing: The Best of Loop The Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA, USA
    Travels to Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, ES
    Giganticism, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY, USA
    Single Channels, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
  • 2008 Stultifer Navis: The Ship of Fools, Porta Sant’Agostino, Bergamo, IT
    Landscapes for Frankenstein, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY
    Alba Art Show, Palazzo dell’Esposizioni, Alba, IT
  • 2007 Fantasmagoria: Dibujo en movimiento, Fundacion ICO, Madrid, ES
    Titled/Untitled, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland
  • 2006 See into Liquid, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, USA
    Version Animée, Centre Pour l’image Contemporaine, Geneva, SE
  • 2005 Roaming Memories, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, DE
    Video Program, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
    U_MOVE, Galleria Comunale, Monfalcone, IT
    Prague Biennale 2, Prague, CZ
    The Wonderful Fund on Tour, Le Musee de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco
  • 2004 Jacco Olivier, Kate Ford, Helen Baron Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Ireland
    Latest Paintings, Lia Rumma Gallerie, Milan, IT
    Extended Painting, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
    10 years Rijksakademie, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
  • 2003 Seeing Other People, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2002 Amsterdamse visite, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL
    Meet me again, Room, Rotterdam, NL

Selected Press

  • 2016 Keh, Pei-Ru. “Light work: artist Jacco Olivier fuses painting and film to mysterious effect,” Wallpaper* Magazine (January 14, 2016) [online]
    Gossman, Dan. “A paint fetish in video,” NUVO (10 February, 2016)
  • 2012 Calos, Katherine. “InLight 2015 expands to two nights,” Richmond Times–Dispatch (November 11, 2015) [online] Carlson, Jen. “Madison Square Park Gets New Wildlife… With New Art Project,” Gothamist (January 10, 2012) [online] Gerecitano, Liz; Mancuso, Anne. “Spare Times for Jan. 6-12: Around Town,” The New York Times (January 5, 2012) [online]
    Wyma, Chloe. “27 Questions for Dutch Painter Jacco Olivier,” Blouin Artinfo (January 18, 2012) [online]
    “Jacco Olivier’s ‘Painterly Animations’ Bring Madison Square Park to Life,” Arts Observer (January 12, 2012) [online]
VIEW MORE

  • 2011 Holland, Heather. ”New Mad. Sq. Art exhibit, opening in December, will feature animation,” Town & Village (November 24, 2011)
    Johnson, Mary. “Avant Garde Animation to Take Over Madison Square Park,” DNA info November 30, 2011) [online]
    Vogel, Carol. “Highliting Influence of Asia Behind Artwork,” The New York Times (November 18, 2011) [online]
    Yi, David. “Free & Cheap in New York: Fri., Dec. 30,” New York Daily News (December 30, 2011) [online]
    “Jacco Olivier: Sneak Peeking Park Art,” Curbed (December 15, 2011) [online]
    “Madison Square Park,” Art Media Agency (December 1, 2011) [online]
    “This week in New York, Mad. Sq. Art: Jacco Olivier, Critics’ pick,” Time Out New York (December 15, 2011) [online] “Jacco Olivier: Sneak Peeking Park Art,” Curbed, December 15, 2011 Johnson, Mary. “Avant Garde Animation to Take Over Madison Square Park,” DNAinfo.com, (November 30, 2011)
  • 2010 Whitaker, Blake. “Blaffer Art Gallery: First Take: Jacco Olivier,” Houston Press, May 13, 2010
    Weiner, Emily. “Critic’s Pick: Jacco Olivier,” Artforum, March 23, 2010
    Johnson, Ken. “Jacco Olivier,” The New York Times, March 12, 2010
  • 2008 Lax, Thomas J. “Images in Motion,” Artkrush, February 20, 2008, http://www.artkrush.com/current/#feature
  • 2007 Independent, Jacco Olivier, Peter Chapman, 19 January 2007
    Independent on Sunday, Moving pictures from the Netherlands, Charles Darwent, 14 January 2007
  • 2005 Art in America, by P.C. Smith, May
    Artnews, by Joseph Jacobs, February
  • 2003 London Evening Standard, “New Dutch mastery to celebrate a rebirth”, Nick Hackworth
    Metro London, “The rijks way to see art”, Fisun Guner
    Time Out, London, Martin Coomer
  • 2001PZC, “Olivier zit tussen abstract en figuratief” Margreet van den Broek
  • 1998 De Volkskrant, “Open studio’s Rijksakademie”
    NRC Handelsblad, “Open dagen voor jonge kunstenaars”, Sandra Smallenburg
    De Volkskrant, Verbeelding gevoed door ontheemding”, Sacha Bronwasser
    Trouw, “Vrije Figuratie zet de toon”, Robbert Roos