Oli Mumby

Oli is a contemporary artist who often portrays scenarios and narratives found in unlikely and untraditional contexts. Oli is a multimedia artist, working most recently in collage and paper cut outs. We love the bold cutouts and intricacy in his artworks. 

Oli seeks to move beyond a purely aesthetic level in his artwork, hoping viewers recognise subjects which often go unnoticed in our everyday lives. The artist wants viewers to question what we accept as the norm - asking questions such as “How often do we look at filling stations, industrial buildings or road markings and see something more interesting?” 

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The artist begins his creative process with an idea based on drawings or photographs, then proceeds to collaborate with the other added elements, allowing for compositions and ideas to emerge naturally.  The artist always works from observation at the beginning, however he often finishes with work of a semi-abstract aesthetic. Oli views his work as being ‘about’ somewhere, rather than being ‘of’ somewhere – hinting at a narrative perhaps, or capturing and celebrating
what connects him within the place.

The captivating landscape of  Derbyshire and the Peaks drew Oli away from his London-based advertising creative job and to the countryside, where he now resides. The artist draws upon this rural landscape, captivated by the colour and form he sees in his surroundings.

Oli works predominantly in pastel, enjoying the directness and physicality of the medium and process; blending a distinctive palette of colour and building layers, often in collage - using pastel worked into paper.

We’ve been working with Oli Mumby since October 2021.

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