Oliver Vernon, ‘I'll start believing’, KIRK Gallery

Oliver Vernon was born in New York in 1972. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design in 1995.

He has exhibited his work in cities all across the United States including New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, and Chicago, and has also shown in London and Toronto. His work is part of numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Visually, Oliver Vernon’s paintings draw upon an incredibly varied pool of influences, from abstract expressionism, to post pop surrealism and the polished finish of figurative realism. Formally, his work is about the deconstruction, and hence the necessary reconstruction of visual space. From this central dichotomy stems many others: logic/illogic, physical/metaphysical, imprisonment/liberation. His paintings come to us, perhaps, as detailed snapshots of the few primordial milliseconds when the blueprint of the universe was being sculpted from the final throes of chaos. In this sense, anything goes. Each painting has it’s own set of rules, or rather the rules are being bent, broken and ultimately formed within each painting. Color, form, energy, architecture, good, evil, flesh and machine are lurking, never as physical entities, but as transient archetypes searching out their final places within the framework of the cosmos. Apart from this macro view, Oliver’s work can be seen at the micro level as well. We can view his paintings as representations of how the mind is formed from a foundation of thought, reason, and aesthetics, and how these entities are simultaneously at odds and interconnected.
Born 1972 in New York, NY
Currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION
1992-1995 BFA, Parsons School of Design, New York
, NY

1990-1992 University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013
Renegade Trajectories at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

2012
Tilt at David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO

2011
Sprung at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

2010
Oscillation Throttle at Meta Gallery, Toronto Canada

New Works at David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO

2009
Double Down at Irvine Contemporary Art Gallery, Washington DC

New Works at David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO

New Works on Paper at Meta Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Unexpected Occurrences at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

2007
Macro/Micro at Irvine Contemporary Gallery, Washington DC

Oliver Vernon at Microcosm Gallery, New York, NY

2006
Infinity Within at Lineage Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Live Paintings Remixed at Jan Larsen Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

Modern Mantra at Lineage Gallery, Burlington, VT

2004
Far at Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017
North International Art Fair, Denmark, Kirk Gallery
Kirk Gallery, Alborg, Denmark
Scope International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland, Kirk Gallery

2016
Scope International Art Fair, Miami, Alexander Chambers Gallery

2015
Context International Art Fair, Miami, Fifty24MX Gallery

2014
Momentum, 3-person show with Mars-1 and Damon Soule, Space Gallery, Denver

2013
Cosmic Terrain, 3-person show with Mars-1 and Damon Soule, Petaluma Arts Center, CA

Direct Address: An Inaugural Group Exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery,
New York, NY

2012
artMRKT Contemporary & Modern Art Fair, Bridgehampton, NY

Summer Group Exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

2010
Further at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

SCOPE International Art Fair with David B. Smith Gallery, New York, NY

2009
Street/Studio Group Exhibition at Irvine Contemporary Gallery, Washington DC

Group Exhibition at Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Harley Davidson presents The Art of Rebellion at the Bergamot Station Arts Center,
Santa Monica, CA

Aspect:Ratio Group Exhibition at Irvine Contemporary Gallery, Washington DC

Group Exhibition at David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO

2008
Aspect: Ratio, Small-Format Paintings at Irvine Contemporary Gallery,
Washington DC

Mapmakers an Inaugural Group Exhibition at Meta Gallery, Toronto
, Canada

Uncorked at Urban Angel, London, UK

365 at 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Groundwork II at Foundation One Gallery, Decatur, GA

Locked & Loaded at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

Limited Addiction: Anniversary Group Show at Limited Addiction Gallery, Denver, CO

Group Show at MicroCoSM Gallery, New York, NY

2007
Saturnalia: Festival of Gallery Artists for the Winter Season at Irvine Contemporary Gallery, Washington DC

Josh Keyes and Oliver Vernon at Limited Addiction Gallery, Denver, CO

Claimin Space – Context and Urban Art: A Visual Arts Exhibition for the 2007 Bumbershoot Arts Festival at BLVD Gallery, Seattle, WA

Oliver Vernon and Damon Soule at Boulevard Projects, Seattle, WA

Elevation at Limited Addiction Gallery, Denver, CO

Group Show at Lineage Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Square Foot at Thinkspace, Los Angeles, CA

Mescalito at White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2005
Identity Crisis at Lineage Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Convergence at The Showroom NYC, New York, NY

Minds Wide Open – traveling exhibition at Light Space Gallery, Venice, CA/ Around The Coyote Gallery, Chicago, IL/ Microcosm Gallery, New York, NY

2001
The Armory Show with Modern Culture Gallery, New York, NY

2000
Start! at Modern Culture Gallery, New York, NY

About Oliver Vernon

American, b. 1972, New York, United States, based in San Francisco, United States