For two months I carried a giant piece of paper in a backpack and scrawled on it as I felt moved to.
That was my Archibald Prize work for 2016.
Well, I'm no Rembrandt nor do I want to be. I am, however a storyteller and imagineer and inventor.
I won't win the art world’s equivalent of a gladiatorial battle with strength. I do stand a chance taking a distinct approach.
I wanted to be authentic and noticeable and win with big ideas.
Here are a few:
Be noticeable by using paper, and folded paper no less. Writing also helps because a gazer’s mind wants to read words particularly in a sea of oiled canvas. I also used ink. That's unusual.
Thanks for FrameShop.com.au I have the most magnificent frame, custom made to fit my 141cm X 141cm paper, which leads me to…
Sprinkle myself in it (think hands and a hidden self-portrait).
Can a giant shoe be a person? Maybe.
Dear Archibald Prize Judges,I imagine looking at over 800 artworks isn't easy going so I wanted to help you out by being noticeable with a giant handwritten note!Do you remember me? (Ben and Gretel I saw you at the opening night last year - it was dazzling).I entered this Prize first as a 19 year old. I now have a wonderful wife, three children and white Camry and still want to change the world by making things.Perhaps you can consider one thing for me?Who says an Archibald winner can't tell tales, use ink and be super honest? (see my title over there :)Anyway, thanks for noticing me for a moment. Hope to see you around.Oscar
Will I win? Maybe. If I do it will changed the Archibald Prize forever. If I don't, well, I captured human minds for a moment. And I can always cut my artwork and sell it for parts…
As always, if you'd like to contact me I'd love to hear from you.
P.S - I'd love to send you my updates, just go here.
These are the most common questions asked of Oscar.
● Why are your products so special?
Many products (including wall art and t-shirts) are made by combining stock art (you know, images you can buy on used on bad advertisements) to make pretty patterns that don't mean a lot.
Oscar’s works are original and interesting - all designed and crafted using his own hands onto real paper with his imagination, real pencils and ink. That’s what makes each piece like nothing else in the world.
● What are the prints made of? Why are they such quality?
Each piece is printed onto the finest museum grade paper. Oscar chooses the Hahnemuhle brand because it feels and looks superb (if you’re interested it’s acid free and calcium carbonate buffered) plus it can last longer than 100 years!
The inking process is called giclée printing and is a high-quality way of getting ink onto the best paper.
● Which size is right for me? A few helpful things to consider:
A4 is small and good for a small desk, kitchen or small wall like a corner.
A3 is medium and good for a larger desk, larger kitchen or moderate sized wall.
A2 a larger and really nice on a wall, behind a bed or desk, adorning a hallway or thoroughfare.
A1 a very large and a wonderful way to make an impact in a room, office, reception, thoroughfare or atrium. Pow.
A4 210 x 297 mm | 8.3 x 11.7 in
A3 297 x 420 mm | 11.7 x 16.5 in
A2 420 x 594 mm | 16.5 x 23.4 in
A1 594 x 841 mm | 23.4 x 33.1 in
● Do you offer free worldwide shipping?
Oscar offers free shipping to anywhere in the world. The farthest flung so far is the Netherlands, United States and England but he’d love to go even further! (perhaps you’re from Nepal or Antarctica maybe?)
● How can Oscar offer free shipping?
Well, Oscar loves free shipping and it’s worth what it costs him for radically happy customers!
● Can I return and get a refund if I’m not 100% happy?
Yes! Of course. Oscar wants you to be radically happy and satisfied (that’s good business isn’t it? But also good humanness...). We’re convinced you will be! But if for whatever reason you’re not super happy please contact us and we’ll arrange a full refund as soon as humanly possible.
● Oscar is Award-Winning?
Yes. He’s entered and won art prizes including for a piece about a magical bus and its passengers and a 22 page piece Moleskin about a boy who woke up with a strange knowing one day. He was also featured in prominent publications for his work and journey to one of the world’s largest portrait prizes, The Archibald Prize.
But now he prefers to imagine and make to change the world.
● What is Oscar’s life Mission?
Oscar mission is to change the world with a pencil, pens and beautiful paper so that his imaginative tales and creations can be found in rooms, offices, buses and wall facades in town and cities large and small - so people awe at the ordinary.
A billion people on earth would be nice :) A beloved collection of children’s books too (that Roald Dahl would be proud of). Oh, and a film trilogy...
But I’d love to start (if you don’t mind) with you today!
● Have another questions? Contact Oscar here and he'd love to answer it!