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LESLIE OLIVER Walking Sticks - Crooks, Staves and Scepters 20 May to 14 June 2014


Leslie Oliver Walking Sticks - Crooks, Staves and Scepters 20 May to 14 June 2014 “I dedicate this show to my lovely wife Uracha for her total support and enormous help.”

As a person ultimately drawn to making sculpture, I have always enjoyed a direct connection to simple physical objects. As a boy I had pet stones and took delight in feeling their weight and smooth cool surface in my hand. I also went on many walks and hiking camps and would find myself a special stick to carry and befriend. Around a campfire I would decorate it with burn marks made with hot wire. I was also brought up on the stories of Moses and had images of his staff parting the waters or turning into a serpent. All these things play a part in the my personal pleasure of making ‘walking sticks’.

WARNING: These sticks have not been tested or approved for walking support.


Leslie Oliver ‘Gum Stick’ 2014 stained, painted +laminated timber 189 x 18 x 10cm


Leslie Oliver ‘A Good Honest Stick (with some bling)’ 2014 glass, brass, burnt timber 177 x 4 x 4cm


Leslie Oliver ‘Nature vs Nurture No #2’ 2014 stained timber, steel 122 x 3 x 6cm


Leslie Oliver ‘Nature vs Nurture No #1’ 2014 painted + stained timber, bakelite, brass 120 x 7 x 4cm


Leslie Oliver ‘A Panda Stick (soft and friendly)’ 2014 stained cane, stained timber 178 x 13 x 15cm


Leslie Oliver ‘Pounding Stick (very satisfying)’ 2014 brass, stained + burnt timber, ceramic, stone 169 x 11 x 10cm


Leslie Oliver ‘My Lithe Friend’ 2014 brass, stained + painted timber 164 x 32 x 30cm


Leslie Oliver, ‘Walking Stick (for dry places)’ 2014, brass, copper plated steel, painted + stained timber, 146 x 17 x 18cm


Leslie Oliver ‘Stick for Dancing)’ 2014 brass, burnt painted timber 141 x 20 x 15cm


Leslie Oliver ‘Walking Stick (for dry places)’ 2014 brass, copper plated steel, painted + stained timber 146 x 17 x 18cm


Leslie Oliver ‘Walking Stick (for wet places)’ 2014 brass, painted timber 182 x 14 x 9cm


Leslie Oliver ‘Difficult Two Handle’ 2014 stained + painted timber 110 x 39 x 13cm


LESLIE OLIVER SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2014 Walking Sticks – Crooks, Staves and Scepters, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. 2012 Love Stories, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. 2010 Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. 2009 Narrative Objects and Surfaces, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. 2006 The Punctured Plane, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. 2004 Collaboration with Sokquon Tran, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. 2003 Collaboration with Sokquon Tran, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. 2002 Beaver Galleries, Canberra. 2000 Port Jackson Gallery, Los Angeles, USA. Collaboration with Sokquon Tran, Access Contemporary Art Gallery. 1999 Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney. 1998 Beaver Galleries, Canberra (in conjunction with The Canberra National Sculpture Forum). 1997 Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney. 1996 Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney. 1994 Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney. 1993 Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney. 1991 Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney. 1990 Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney. SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2014 In Tandem, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. Group, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. Sculpture 2014, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. 2013 Mighty Small, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. Sculpture 2013, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. 2012 Major Artists, Major Works, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. Sculpture 2012, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. 2011 Five Easy Pieces, Defiance Gallery, Sydney. 2009 Sculpture 2009 – Animal Farm, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. 2008 Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. Defiance Gallery, Sydney. 2007 Art + Humour Too, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. Birthday Show, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. 2006 SMALL, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. 11th Annual 6x6x6” Miniature Sculpture Show, Defiance Gallery, Sydney. 2005 Colour in Abstraction, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.

B R E N D A M AY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (cont’d) 2005 Couples, Collaborators + Other Partnerships, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. Object Show, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. 2004 Sculpture 2004 - Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. The Frank Saxby Bequest Invitational Art Acquisitions Prize, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree (collaborative work). 2003 Sculpture 2003 - Dangerous Toys, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. 2002-10 Annual 6” Sculpture Show, Defiance Gallery, Sydney. 2002 New Objects/New Things Pt.1, Brenda May Gallery. Woollahra Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Redleaf Gallery, Sydney. 1st Birthday Show, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. 2001 Small Wonders, King Street Gallery and Defiance Gallery. Fishers’ Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Regional Gallery. 2000 Artfair 2000, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. Sculpture 2000, Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney. Contemporary Sculpture by Leslie Oliver and Peter Tilley, Penrith Regional Gallery, Emu Plains, NSW. Importance of Being Small, King Street Gallery & Defiance Gallery, Sydney. 1999 Five Easy Pieces, Defiance Gallery, Sydney. Big Thoughts Small Works, Defiance Gallery,Sydney. 1998 Figure in the Landscape, King Street Gallery, Sydney. Bloom, Open House Gallery, Sydney. Toys by Artists, Touring, Faculty of Art & Design Gallery, Uni of Newcastle, NSW. ACAF•6, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. The Defiant 6”, Defiance Gallery, Sydney. 1996 ACAF•5, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. 1994 ACAF•4, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. 1993 New Art Eight, Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney. 1992 ACAF•3, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. Access to Adelaide, Sculpture Exhibition, BMG Fine Art, Adelaide. 1990-9 Birthday/Survey Exhibition, Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney. 1990 ACAF•2, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. COLLECTIONS Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW; College of Fine Art, University of NSW; Artbank; Hong Kong International Airport; Qantas First Class Lounge (major commission with Sokquon Tran), Sydney International Airport.

G A L L E R Y

2 D a n k s S t r e e t Wa t e r l o o N S W A u s t r a l i a 2 0 1 7 www.brendamaygallery.com.au info@brendamaygallery.com.au tuesday - friday 11-6 saturday 10-6 t. 02 9318 1122 f. 02 9318 1007

Leslie Oliver - Walking Sticks  

As a person ultimately drawn to making sculpture, I have always enjoyed a direct connection to simple physical objects. As a boy I had pet s...

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