© 2019 All Rights Reserved by Oliver Cain

Oliver Cain is an English/New Zealand Artist. His work covers a broad range of topics as it changes and develops as well as a wide range of materials.

His early works are highly floral which influenced later work upon moving to New Zealand, Cain embraced the new visual culture available to him and his work reflects the New Zealand images that imprinted on him as a young man.

“New Zealand may be a young country, but it is rich in culture and heritage I am trying to portray the images that struck me when arriving here. The symmetry of these designs all show the harmony of how our culture embraces different aspects of our heritage.”

More recent work has touched on more confronting or challenging issues around homosexuality and the experiences facing the queer community. Making work that is highly personal and deeply meaningful. As well as pushing ideas further by using different materials that add a more physical, tactile and visceral feel to the work.


Cain likes making work that pushes you into an uncomfortable space but not over the edge, wanting you to experience something different or step back and think about a topic in a different light. Making work that is playful and light hearted with serious undertones once you understand what is being said.



Academy Galleries (WAA)- Queens Wharf, Wellington - 15 February – 22 March 2020



Wallace Gallery Morrinsville (WAA) - 21 November 2019 – 26 January 2020

The Dowse Art Musem ECC NZ Student Design/ Craft Awards

Par Homestead - Finalist for The Wallace Art Awards

nkb Gallery

Parnell Gallery

Black Door Gallery 

Webbs - Eden Arts 2019 

Lake House Arts - Ceramic Showcase 


The Dowse Art Musem ECC NZ Student Design/ Craft Awards

Sculpture Onshore 2018

Lake House Arts - Riley Consultants member exhibition

MADE - Mt Albert Art + design Exhibition  

Great Art Sale - Lake house Arts  

Par Homestead - Finalist for The Wallace Art Awards  

The James Wallace Arts Trust - Nine Works in Sir James Wallace's Art Collection.

No.1 Parnell - Rawene, New Zealand

VEFA - Exhibition of Fine Art

Royal Easter Show - ASB Show ground (Awarded a Merit)

Deport Artspace - Devonport, New Zealand 



Overall Supreme award - ECC 2019

Tuatara Ceramic Award - ECC 2019

Overall winner of the Eden Arts Award 2019

Touring finalist for The Wallace Art Awards 2019 

Highly Commended 2018 - ECC NZ Student Design/ Craft Awards

Finalist for The Wallace Art Awards 2018

Merit Award 2018 - Riley Consultant members competition

Merit Award 2018 - Royal Easter Show 



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