Always looking for new lights, Olivier travels often, to Italy (Rome, Venice), Morocco, Spain, Egypt, Mauritius, etc. He shows throughout France, in China, Japan and, in the United States, exclusively at the Addison Art Gallery. His work is featured multiple books and films.
Helen and I have been working together since 2005. I hope this exhibition will be as lively and full of spontaneity as the previous seven!
My first inspiration remains the human being and its environment, its connivance; small scenes of life become exceptional if one knows how to pay attention to them. Fleeting lights and movement, dynamics, our hesitations that give a meaning to life.
I love Helen Addison’s Gallery. The eclecticism of Helen’s choices, the friendliness of her collector friends, their loyalty and courage to open themselves to less conventional art forms. I too live on a coast: that of an Atlantic island, Île de Ré; its charms, for those who know, could be confused with those of Cape Cod. Light, sand dunes, that “islander” character imposed on us by geography, that seafarers’ solidarity, and the endless sky that opens heart and mind.
“When one imagines Olivier’s paintings, it immediately brings to mind the true meaning of the French phrase, “joie de vivre.” Spanning the world from Morocco to Rome, Egypt to Venice, Mr. Verley’s works inspire and capture the essence of his subjects, be it horses and their Moroccan riders going full gallop across the plains or a farmer captured in a field of ruby drenched poppies. His paintings have the capacity to energize and evoke feelings of desiring to be there…in that place, experiencing all the possibilities of life.” — Tom and Trish O’Connor