Oliver Clegg

With his erudite, surprising and striking repertoire, and his diverse materials and methods (from glass, wood and steel to neon, resin and concrete, weaving and casting to engraving and industrial manufacture), British Artist Oliver Clegg offers the viewer a complex, sometimes playful, other times moving journey into existential and ontological notions of objecthood and matter, images and signs, language and communication, creation and being. From the studio and gallery walls to the streets of London and New York, from Freud's house to the Joshua Tree National Park, from foosball tables to state asylums, Oliver Clegg turns up to do remarkable things with the fabric of space-time.
 
And yes, it's an emotional rollercoaster of a ride - in fact, the young artists' oeuvre spans a significant proportion of the spectrum of human emotion, his unique trans-Atlantic blend of humour, sarcasm and wit coming face to face with the much more serious matters of memory, psychology, truth, belief, meaning, love, life and death. Nostalgia, childhood, games, play and sentimentality career headlong into the realms of kitsch, Pop and the history of the avant-garde, resulting in a delightful yet challenging range of responses from the viewer, whether amusement, camaraderie, joy, bemusement, outrage, disillusionment or a call to arms. Clegg is an artist with great energy, incredible spirit, and one of the most engaging, curious, cryptic and entertaining oeuvres currently making waves in the world of art. In many ways an exploration of the id, ego and superego, Clegg's practice plays out the struggle between our basic desires, our rational minds, and the underlying mores that keep us in check. Not unlike Freudian notions of the psyche, Clegg's practice articulates the battle that takes place inside us all on a daily basis, spilling into the outside world in myriad ways. It is a fight, yes, but it is play too.
 
Clegg has participated in several solo exhibitions including Euclid's Porsche, Rental Gallery, New York, 2018; Everything Should be OK, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, UAE, 2016; Life is a gassssss, Erin Cluley Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA, 2016; Games Triathlon, Cabinet, Gowanus, New York City, New York, USA, 2014; In the end it’s not the years in your life that count but the life in your years, Kowal + Odermatt Projects, Miami, Florida, USA, 2013; I hope that we never die ... so do I, Old Compton Close, London, UK, 2012; Berceuse, Nolan Judin, Berlin, Germany, 2011; SHIFT, Unosunove, Rome, Italy, 2010; ARCOmadrid solo projects, curated by Alistair Hicks, with Unosunove (Rome), Madrid, Spain, 2009 and A Knight’s Move, Freud Museum, London, UK, 2008.

 

The artist has also taken part in numerous group exhibitions including Small, Erin Cluley Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA, 2017; Animals, Riva Project in Brussels, Belgium, 2017; Art Dubai Contemporary, with Lawrie Shabibi, UAE, 2017; Animal Farm, S | 2 Gallery, London, UK, 2016; Whats up, Soho, London, UK, 2016; WHISPERS, Ronchini, London, UK, 2015; Gotika, curated by the Hermitage Museum, Palazzo Franchetti , 56th Venice Biennale, Italy, 2015; Drawings | Fridges, Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2015; Hashtag Abstract, Ronchini, London, UK, 2015; Re:Define, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, Texas, USA, 2015;What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me, Fine Art Society, London, UK, 2014; The Future Can Wait, Victoria House, London, UK, 2014; British Cut, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong, 2013; White Light/White Heat, 55th Venice Biennale, Italy, 2013; Nightfall, Modem Museum, Hungary, 2012; Art of Chess, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, 2012; Summer Exhibition, Honorary submission, The Royal Academy, London, UK, 2012 ; The British Cut, Presented by the British Council for Art HK, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong, 2012; Point of Entry, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York, USA, 2012; (re) packaged, curated by Yasmine Datnow, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2012; The Future Can Wait, Truman Brewery, London, UK, 2011; Some Domestic Incidents, curated by Matt Price, The MAC Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, UK, 2011; Some Domestic Incidents, curated by Matt Price and Charlie Levine, Prague Biennale 5, Czech Republic, 2011; Polemically Small, The Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2011; Art Brussels, with Nolan Judin (Berlin), Brussels, Belgium, 2011; Vanitas: The Transience of Earthly Pleasure, with All Visual Arts (London), Frieze Art Fair, London, UK, 2010; The Art of Chess, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo VIC, Melbourne, Australia, 2010; The Art of Chess, University of Queensland Art Museum, St Lucia Queensland, Australia, 2010; Contemporary Art Exhibition, curated by Takashi Azumaya, The Busan Biennale, Busan Modern Art Museum, South Korea, 2010; WONDERLAND. New Art from London, curated by James Putnam, Assab One, Milan, Italy, 2010;The Art of Chess, Dox Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic, 2010; Peeping Tom, curated by Keith Coventry, VEGAS Gallery, London, UK, 2010; The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Project 176, Zabludowicz, 2010; Collection, London, UK, 2010; The House of Fairytales, curated by Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis, Millennium Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall, UK , 2010 ; EXHIBITIONISM: The Art of Display, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK, 2010, The Art of Chess, curated by Mark Sanders, Julia Royse and Larry List, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland, 2009; 

 

 The Busan Modern Art Museum amongst others. In 2013 he showed again at the Venice Biennale in a group show curated by the Hermitage Museum in Russia at the Palazzo Franchetti and in 2014 year was included in a group show curated by uber-collector Susanne Van Hagen at S|2 Gallery London.

 
His work is included in many private and public collections including the Getty family, Anita and Poju Zabludowicz, David Roberts, Charles Riva, Fatima and Eskandar Maleki and Deutsche Bank.