Kermit Oliver

Kermit Oliver’s masterfully executed paintings and drawings have earned him worldwide recognition as one of the finest contemporary American artists of our time. Oliver’s work is included in the inaugural exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, DC), which opened to the public in September. This past spring, The Nave Museum (Victoria, TX) held a solo exhibition of selected works by Oliver. The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University (Waco, TX) held an exhibition of his paintings and Hermès scarves in 2014. In 2013, Oliver received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art League Houston. Oliver’s work was the subject of a lifetime retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in 2005. His work was included in the 2001 international SITE SANTA FE biennial (NM), curated by art historian/critic Dave Hickey.An alumnus of Texas Southern University who was mentored by Professor and muralist, Dr. John Biggers, Oliver was honored this summer at the university’s biennial For The Sake of Art gala and runway show. He was the subject of an article in the October 2012 issue of Texas Monthly, titled Portrait of the Artist as a Postman: The strange and secret world of Kermit Oliver. He was also featured in an NPR news segment, How A Texas Postman Became An Hermès Designer. Oliver holds the distinction of being the only American artist to create scarf designs for the French fashion house of Hermès.In addition, Kermit Oliver, a student of Greek and Roman mythology and of the Old and New Testaments, derives extensive symbolism from these texts, which he presents in his work in a contemporary and highly personal way. His paintings show the honesty and integrity of a talented and dedicated artist. His works have a sense of spirit and mystery that reflect his unique and personal vision.

Exhibition Dates: 
Saturday, December 3, 2016 to Saturday, January 7, 2017

Ichthus

Ichthus, 2016, acrylic on gessoed paper, 15 x 16”

Last Meal At Jerusalem

Last Meal At Jerusalem, 2016, acrylic on gessoed cardboard, 12 x 16”

The Seer

The Seer, 2016, crayon on paper, 14 1/2 x 12”

Unfolded Paper

Unfolded Paper, 2016, acrylic on gessoed paper, 5 1/4 x 3 3/4”

Ophelia

Ophelia, 2016, acrylic on panel, 4 1/2 x 6”

Polyphemus Seen...

Polyphemus Seen Auguring The Carapace of Heaven, 2016, acrylic on masonite, 20 x 12”

Monkey With Remonstrance

Monkey With Remonstrance, 2015, copy, permanent market, 4 x 3 1/2"

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Waiting at Emma's

Waiting at Emma's, 2016, crayon , graphite on paper, 14 1/4 x 12 1/2"

A Sacrament

A Sacrament 2016 acrylic on panel i.s. 6 1/2 x 8” / f.s. 9 5/8 x 11 5/8"

Annunciation

Annunciation, 2016, graphite and acrylic on paper, 23 1/2 x 17 1/2”

Temptation of Christ...

Temptation of Christ In The Wilderness: Tyi Wara, 2015, pen, ink on paper, 6 3/4 x 6 3/4”

Laughing Skull

Laughing Skull, 2016, crayon on colored paper, 6 x 8 1/2”

Into The Woods

Into The Woods, 2016, graphite and acrylic on panel, 16 1/4 x 12”

The Nest Robber

The Nest Robber, 2016, acrylic on gessoed paper, 20 x 13 3/4”

Europa

Europa, 2016, acrylic on paper, 5 7/8 x 3 7/8”

A Cow Dancing Across a...

A Cow Dancing Across a Path, 2016, acrylic on panel, 4 1/2 x 9”

The Red Heifer

The Red Heifer, 2016, acrylic on paper , 5 3/4 x 23”

Urbi Et Orbi

Urbi Et Orbi, 2016, acrylic, graphite on paper, 9 x 9”

Scape Goat

Scape Goat, 2016, acrylic on gessoed paper, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2”

Persephone

Persephone, 2016, acrylic on paper, 4 1/2 x 9”

Io Grazing

Io Grazing, 2016, acrylic wash on paper, 5 1/8 x 6”

Circe’s Pride

Circe’s Pride, 2016, acrylic on panel, 4 1/2 x 9 1/2”

Wedding at Cana

Wedding at Cana, 2015, graphite and acrylic on paper, 30 x 30 “

Hanuman in the...

Hanuman in the Cathedral….., 2016, collage, copy, crayon, colored pencil, ink, marker, 7 1/8 x 6 1/4"

Pomelo

Pomelo, 2016, acrylic wash on paper, 4 x 4 3/4”

Isamael’s Ram With...

Isamael’s Ram With Aholibah Underwing, 2016, acrylic on paper, 22” tondo/diameter

Sheep’s Clothing

Sheep’s Clothing, 2016, acrylic on panel, 4 1/2 x 9 1/2”

Parsiphae's Paramour

Parsiphae's Paramour, 2016, acrylic on panel, 4 1/2 x 9"

A Woodstork Descends...

A Woodstork Descends Gently Alighting, A Votary Rests as A Remonstrant Monkey Tempts To Ascend, 2016, collage, crayon, colored markers, 7 3/4 x 6 1/4"

Upon a Table My Feral...

Upon a Table My Feral Cat Dreams of Fantin Latour, 2016, acrylic on gessoed cardboard, 12 1/2 x 16 1/2”

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair, 2016, collage, ink, crayon on paper, 10 1/8 x 7 3/4"

Sacred Conversation

Sacred Conversation, 1988-2016, print offset, archived image hand colored, i.s. 19 1/2 x 12"/f.s. 32 x 24 5/8"

The Golden Apple

The Golden Apple, 2016, acrylic on panel, 24 1/4 x 12”

Pilgrim’s Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress, 2016, acrylic on panel,  8 x 4”

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch, 2016, acrylic on gessoed cardboard, 15 x 12”

Dangled Gander

Dangled Gander, 2015, acrylic on panel, 16 3/4 x 20“

Drawing: Self Portrait

Drawing: Self Portrait, 2016, crayon on paper, i.s. 10 x 7 1/2"/f.s. 16 x 13 3/4"

The Palimpsest

The Palimpsest, 2016, graphite, acrylic on paper, i.s. 10 1/2 x 9 1/2/f.s. 18 x 17"

The Sacristan

The Sacristan, 2016, acrylic on gessoed heavy paper, 14 1/8 x 13 7/8”

Peppered Moth

Peppered Moth, 2016,  acrylic on panel, 4 x 4 1/4”

Morpheus: study

Morphus: study, 2016, crayon on paper, 18 1/2 x 40 3/8"

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary Had a Little Lamb, 2016, acrylic on panel, 4 x 8”

My Cat’s Skull Seemed...

My Cat’s Skull Seemed a Lily To Me, 2016, acrylic on gessoed paper, 6 1/4 x 3 1/4”

Leda’s Swan

Leda’s Swan, 2016, acrylic on gessoed paper, 7 x 8 1/2”

Saul on The Road to...

Saul on The Road to Damascus, 2016, acrylic on paper, 11 1/2 x 21”

Clun Forest and Redbud

Clun Forest and Redbud, 2016, acrylic on panel, 4 1/2 x 9”

Fig In a Bowl

Fig In a Bowl, 2016, acrylic on panel, 4 x 5 7/8”