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OliverW Full Time Professional Self Taught


Oliver was born in Bedford in 1982, currently residing in Cambridgeshire he works as a full time portrait and figurative Artist on his narrowboat studio which he is currently renovating. His preferred medium is oils although he often works in watercolour, graphite and charcoal. “I love the fluidity of oils as well as their strong, robust textures. It’s easy to feel that you’re almost carving the portrait out of nothing when you’re applying paint to the canvas” Oliver is fascinated by people and the human form and has dedicated a large part of his practise to painting portrait commissions as well as working with interesting members of society, actors and musicians. He is a huge fan of the works of Lucien Freud, Jenny Saville and David Hockney although he seeks the majority of his inspiration from the music he constantly listens to when he paints; “For me, silence is the enemy of a creative mind. I need music to charge me up and give me energy. Without it I am too self-conscious and considered when painting”. Oliver was featured on the TV show Sky Arts portrait Artist of the year 2017 where he painted the actor Trevor Eve from life. His portrait of the marathon runner Iva Barr was shortlisted for the Royal Portrait painter of the year annual exhibition, gaining praise from Paula Radcliffe in the process. During his career, Olivers work has been exhibited at various locations around the world including The Royal College of Art and the prestigious Saatchi Gallery


  • Acrylic
  • Oil
  • Mixed Media
  • Conte
  • Graphite
  • Crayon
  • Pen And Ink
  • Pencil
  • Fabric Pen
  • Gouache
  • Marker
  • Charcoal
  • Water Colour
  • Coloured Pencil
  • Single Portrait
  • Human Figures
  • Human & Animal Portrait
  • Multiple Portrait
  • Realism
  • Pop Art
  • Post Impressionism
  • Semi Abstract
  • Expressionism
  • Impressionism
  • Illustration


  • Will work from a photo
  • Ships Internationally
  • Ships 'Artwork for Sale' within 5 Days
  • Prices from £150 to £4000



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1 month ago

Brilliant! Portrait really captured the character. Such a lovely person to deal with and obviously very passionate about his work. We are exceptionally impressed!


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10 months ago

Superb. Oliver was a pleasure to deal with. He managed to produce a brilliant work of art from what was essentially a selfie taken on an iPhone. The piece was exactly what i was after and it was only enhanced by Oliver's talent and eye. Communication was excellent too, especially in the circumstances.


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1 year ago

Oliver is an outstanding artist and exceeded all expectations. He's also a lovely chap and made the process really enjoyable - we're absolutely thrilled with the painting.


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1 year ago

Absolutely fantastic!!! The painting is OUTSTANDING!!! Oliver has done a great job!!!