About the Artist
Fusing paint and moving image, Jacco Olivier creates short, painterly animations that depict a variety of subject matter, ranging from scenes of daily life to elemental landscapes and abstract forms. Every painting is repeatedly reworked in generous, casual strokes and systematically photographed at each stage of development. The resulting films are enigmatic and experiential – moving in and out of abstraction they reveal the traces and decisions made by the artist in the process of painting. The works for which Olivier first became known are, with few exceptions, small-scale single projections of concise narrative episodes that appear in a microcosmic, dreamlike world. However, Whale, 2006, in which the artist imagines a whale's movements so that it disappears and reappears in a painterly field, is split across three projections and spans some twelve metres in total.