Oli Goldsmith

Themes of language, communication and iconography influence the scattered fragments of image and text that populate Oli’s paintings.

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About Oli Goldsmith

Born in Toronto, Canada in 1979

Oli Goldsmith’s collage paintings merge advanced digital output and transfer processes with paint, ink and other traditional media.

He eagerly experiments with varied techniques often combining old with the new and creating new hybrid forms in the process. Crisp digital line art, found and sampled photography, iconography and text, invented catch-phrases, drawings and poetic ramblings layer with expressive painting and drawing to create a distinctly rich, colourful and energetic style.

Early inspiration came from media studies: his work is a reflection of our information-saturated society where media bombard us all constantly and often subconsciously. Themes of language, communication and iconography influence the scattered fragments of image and text that populate Oli’s paintings.

These non-linear narratives reveal an alternate and intensely personal world of the artist.

Exhibiting since he was 16, Oli Goldsmith’s prolific career has landed him acclaim, awards, and numerous projects for major agencies, record labels and entertainment companies.

Oli’s collage paintings reside in many private, public and corporate collections across the world, including Maple Leaf Foods, Johnson & Johnson, Royal Canin Pet Foods, and The Sagamihara City Collection in Japan.

Press:
Toronto Star – Toronto artist to create 999 Borat portraits
Torontoist – 999 Borats On The Wall