Gilda Oliver’s portfolio is disarmingly impressive. The artist’s aspiration to invite the viewer to participate in her affirmative brand of creativity translates to a worldwide fascination with a remarkably generous artist. Countless glossy advertisements in big magazines like Modern Painters Magazine promote Oliver’s tactile brand of creativity. Publications like Fine Art Magazine have featured her transformational art with in-depth articles and savvy layouts. While Oliver’s engaging multi-media art is appreciated in international galleries in Manhattan, Moscow, and Miami, as well as glittering places in between; it also flourishes in local neighborhoods like yours and mine. Beyond that, Oliver is an award winning teacher when art funding is not a national priority.
In a recent solo show, Oliver spun some of her traditional themes including transcendence, nature, and history, out in a gesture that reaffirms art as a spiritual value. The artist’s new series is informed by the mysticism of Kandinsky, Malevich, and Mondrian to explode in a jolt of power. Furthermore, the artist addresses climate change, and humanity’s troubling relation with nature, in “Purple Halo Melt” where souls melt into the dark. Furthermore, she explores larger notions of history to uncover power in past wisdom. “Pink Halo Angel,” for example, represents a creature flying into a reimagined future.
My hope is that this most recent oversized mosaic mural is just one flower in a garden of arts and culture that will continue to flourish and enrich our communities.
Finally, Oliver’s community projects are stunning in concept, and practice. For starters, the artist designs projects in neighborhoods without arts funding. She then enlists sponsors and volunteers of every age and ilk to create public work close to home. As a result, individuals are able to express their love for the world around them, and realize a communal sense of creativity in their world. –to be continued.
Gilda Oliver was republished in the May issue of Fine Arts Magazine http://issuu.com/victorforbes/docs/2015_spring_fine_art_magazine/22