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ABOUT OLIVER FONTANY
Oliver Fontany is a neurodiverse artist living and working in Sydney, Australia. Fontany has developed his artistic skills through pen and ink, and has expanded his artistic repertoire to include paintings, collage and installation. Fontany works with a linear style, using a pen, his heavy hand will carve bold expressive lines into his paintings and drawings. In conjunction, Fontany’s work typically focusses on expansive landscapes and deeply profound autobiographical paintings.
A stark contrast to his rigid line-work is his free-flowing application of colour to his art. Fontany typically chooses colours that have a stronger vibrancy which offsets the darker tones of his line-work. Fontany uses many methods to support his artistic practice, including the use of photographic images as a reference to his artmaking.
Fontany’s inspirations are drawn from a myriad of sources including the importance of family and friends within his life, to specific moments of joy and significance in his day to day, such as the ritual surrounding the watching of favourite television shows, or the sights, sounds and smells that make certain views, walks or places memorable for the artist.
ABOUT 'OLIVER IN THE MIRROR'
Oliver in the Mirror: Oli used a mirror as a point of reference when painting his self-portrait. This posed as a new challenge for the young artist since he wasn’t able to use photos or pictures as an aid anymore, only his reflection.
Oli took the challenge in his stride and completely owned it. By using the mirror, Oli learnt news ways of working, exploring the contours of his face, he got very playful with the mirror and started using his reflection to his advantage. You can see text written on his apron, it may be hard to decipher at first, but it definitely can be read once you look at it through the mirror! Oli also used his signature numbers and intricate line work to create unique and beautiful patterns on the apron and background, this added to what was already a dynamic self-portrait. (Statement by Olli and his team)