Jacco Olivier (b. 1972) considers himself a painter. And yet, his works are animations: videos that document the interplay between representation and abstraction, astounding and yet delightfully simple to understand.

Every single painting of Olivier's is reworked over and over in rough expressive brush strokes, with the artist recording every stage of painting meticulously by photographing the canvas. The films that result from this documentation process are rapturous animations of narrative episodes. A man bathes, an airplane lands, a woman wraps herself in a towel. The viewer is presented with an intimate display of the painter's trade and decision making process as Olivier exposes every change to his composition.


2014 Cycle Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, NL
2012 Jacco Olivier New York City Center, curated by the New Museum, New York, USA
2012 Jacco Olivier Madison Square Park, presented by the Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York, USA
2012 Jacco Olivier Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Amsterdam, NL
2011 Jacco Olivier: Recent Video Works Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, DE
2011 Jacco Olivier Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
2011 Jacco Olivier Centro de Arte de Caja de Burgos, Burgos, ES
2010 Jacco Olivier Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
2010 Jacco Olivier Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston, USA
2010 Jacco Olivier Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA


Victoria Miro
Galerie Thomas Schulte
Marianne Boesky Gallery
Ron Mandos Galerie, Amsterdam