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Oliver Benoit


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Artist's Statement

Oliver Benoit has been painting for over 35 years. Oliver began as a landscape and still life painter before devoting his time to the abstract genre. His paintings are in oil, acrylic, and encaustic. His multilayered and thus multidimensional work seeks to provoke the viewer, imploring them to question their reality in relation to some of the watershed moments of our time; thrust them over edges of their zones of comfort but pull them back to quasi-stability by eliciting a fleeting sense of pleasure. Such engagement with the work is stimulated by the way in which Oliver uses paint to develop complexities with the combination of color and texture that continuously perplex the viewer. This is why Oliver encourages the viewer to look carefully at his paintings.

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