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A sign of the times; Artist Oliver Gaiger has lived all over the world and his new exhibition is inspired by symbols and signs from different environments.

BORN in Uganda in 1972, Oliver Gaiger spent his childhood in Sudan, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Falkland Islands and Cornwall before settling in the Cambrian Mountains, near Cardigan Bay.

And those travels have inspired a number of works that can now be seen in Cardiff's Martin Tinney Gallery with Oliver's first solo exhibition of 25 pieces.

Oliver's extensive travels through varying cultures and landscapes have served to influence his work, which is inspired by signs, symbols and patterns found in the natural and man-made environment.

He said: "I currently live in the Cambrian Mountains, near Cardigan Bay, and my work represents the elemental detail of objects or living things in this wild and varied landscape. My work is not purely abstract but rather semi-abstract in this respect, as I explore the space between abstraction and figuration."" His paintings in acrylic on paper fall into two categories - the purely abstract blocks and layers of colour and texture, and the more symbolic forms on textured backgrounds.

He said: "The former are pure expressions in colour and texture that both celebrate the colour themselves, as well as depict a mood or emotion through the composition of hues. The latter are a symbolic expression of forms taken (for example) from the landscape, and simplified into a set of elements.

"For my oil paintings I use either wooden panel or canvas as a surface. I often work backwards and forwards into the paint. This can be more vigorous on panel and is one of the main reasons I choose to use this surface. Paint can be built up in many layers and then worked back, producing a dense texture, rich colour and vibrancy to the painting."

In addition, Oliver creates sculptures, made mainly from steel, and the exhibition also shows etchings and drypoints.

Oliver Gaiger: Paintings, Prints and Sculpture is on at the Martin Tinney Gallery, St Andrew's Crescent, Cardiff, until March 15

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Date:Feb 27, 2016
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