Oliver Gosling

Oliver Gosling

arts research University of Brighton

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1985, Oliver Gosling has sustained a painting practice with interests and influences that have taken him to Japan and latterly to China. Originally interested in stage design, Oliver worked at the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre from 1976 - 1978. Initially intending to enrol at the Sadlers Wells School of Theatre Design, he was advised that his work leans more toward fine art and proceeded to study painting at the Byam Shaw School of Art, and then the Royal College of Art.

The experience and sense of the stage as a space in which mask, suggestion and allusion can be played out has underpinned aspects of his painting from the start. After graduating, Oliver worked as a visiting lecturer in various art schools including Byam Shaw School of Art and Brighton Polytechnic, whilst participating in exhibitions at galleries in the UK and Europe. In addition to this, since 1994 he has given art workshops and lectures on the art of ancient and modern cultures throughout the world at Broadmoor Special Hospital. He has also given lectures on the technical and visual ideas behind painting at the National Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum on behalf of Inscape Fine Art Study Tours.

From 1998-2000 he lived and worked in Tokyo, where he had a solo exhibition at Gallery MMG and wrote art reviews for Tokyoq, an internet magazine for what’s on in Tokyo. On returning to England he was invited to contribute annual lectures for the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, Art History Certificate course. For the same department he has run lecture series on the history of Chinese painting, the history of Japanese art, the influence of Japanese art on Western art, and the technical and visual ideas in European and American painting from Palaeolithic art to contemporary.

In 2008 he was invited to give a major solo exhibition at Jinse Gallery, a large contemporary art gallery in the heart of Chongqing, China. Since then he has been living and working in Chongqing. A newspaper article celebrated the work of Gosling and the Huang Piao or migrant artist culture in city [download Huang Piao article as pdf].  Through the Jinse Gallery he has been represented at the Hang Zhou International Art Fair, the Shanghai International Art Fair and at other exhibitions in Zhu Hai and Chongqing. He teaches painting in the Faculty of Arts for two months every year.