Oliver Cain is an English born/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 artworks, subverted linguistic paintings, ceramic sculptures and installations, bear a certain physicality and push the boundaries between conceptualism and post-pop art. The creative process behind Cain’s artworks is the most important thing and therefore his artworks can be made of anything and take any form. Appropriated everyday objects transform stereotypes and famous art historical references become twisted. As proud member of the queer community, Cain uses his work to examine, question and criticize the relationships between gender, (homo)sexuality and societies’ misconceptions about those themes. But, despite what it might look like to the contemporary spectator, a purely erotic and queer reading of the work would be misguided. There is an universal profundity at play revealing itself slowly for those willing to look and feel. 




Art House Tour – Auckland Grammar

Artful Group Show (‘Dancing with Myself’) – Waiheke

The Forsyth Barr Contemporary Ceramic Award - Nelson

World of Wearable arts – Wellington

MAGS Art Show – Auckland

Baradene Art Show – Auckland

Waitakere Arts Show - Auckland

Nelson Sculpture Awards – Wellington

Traffic Jam Gallery ‘Untitled’ – Group Show – Melbourne

NZ Paint & Print Award – Hamilton

8th Hibiscus and Bays Art Awards

Kumeu Art Awards Group Exhibition 

‘They Were Roommates’ – Solo Show – Auckland NZ

Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards 2022 - NZ

National Youth Art Awards – Hamilton NZ

Rail Link sponsored art installation – Auckland NZ

NorthArt - Solo Show ‘Let’s try Again’ – Auckland NZ

Group show – Oddly Projects Opening Show – Auckland NZ

The Aspiring Art Show – Wanaka NZ

Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens Exhibition NZ


Solo Show – Brussels, Belgium

Sculpture Onshore Virtual

World of WearableArts 2021

The Other Art Fair - Virtual Edition – Saatchi Art

NZ Contemporary Art Awards - Waikato Museum

Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award - Quartz, Museum of Studio Ceramics, Whanganui

Art in the Park (Eden Park) - Auckland

The Holy Art - Virtual Group Show – UK

Studio 1 - Solo Show ‘Body Filled Body Candy” - Auckland

Grey – Group Show ‘Cloud 9’ - Auckland

Copelouzos Family Art Museum – ‘COV-ART Project’- Athens,GR

Galerie Biesenbach – Art Matters 3 online Group Show (Germany)

MADE - Mt Albert Art + design Exhibition

International Ceramic Biennale of Talavera (Spain)

Gallery Thirty Three - Ceramic show with Mandy Gargiulo

Auckland Art Fair

F enander Galleries - Solo Show ft.Billy Apple ‘It’s a boy’-

Astor Bristed Gallery (Arrowtown)– Solo Show – ‘In Plain Sight’

Wallace Gallery Morrinsville (WAA)

Pātaka Art+Museum (WAA)

Paragon Matter - Owhango Summer Sculpture Show

Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens Exhibition

Sarjeant Gallery – ‘Corner Dairy’


Craigs Aspiring Art Show

The Dowse Art Museum - ECC NZ Student Design/Craft Awards

Limn Gallery – Group show

Taranaki National Art Awards

Kings Collage Art Exhibition

New Zealand Painting & Printmaking Awards

Semicolon – Föenander Galleries

Föenander Galleries – Solo Show ‘Relatively Fruity’

Par Homestead - Finalist for The Wallace Art Awards

Parkin Prize – NZ Academy of Fine Arts - Wellington

Mairangi Arts Centre

Auckland Art Fair 

The Vivian 

Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland - Feb - Mar

Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards - TeKoputu Exhibition centre, Whakatane - 16th Feb – 12th Apr

Academy Galleries (WAA) - Queens Wharf, Wellington - 15th Feb – 22nd Mar

Föenander Galleries - small work salon (group show) 

Millers O'Brien - Graduation Show 

Craigs Aspiring Art Show 



Föenander Galleries - Group show - 'Ida Soleil' 

Wallace Gallery Morrinsville (WAA) 

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 - Auckland, NZ

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, NZ

VEFA - Exhibition of Fine Art

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

Deport Artspace - Devonport, New Zealand 



World of Wearable Arts Finalist 2022 & Second Prize for Monochromatic Category

Craig’s Investment Partners Art 3D Award - 2022 Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards

First Prize – National Youth Art Awards 2021

Highly Commended Kumeu Arts Award 2021

Product Collaboration with Refold

Fashion Collaboration with Clique Fitness for Sweat with Pride (2021)

Highly Commended 2020 - ECC NZ Student Design/Craft Awards

Craig’s Investment Partners Art 3D Award - 2020 Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards

Touring finalist for The Wallace Art Awards 2020

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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