(b 1987United Kingdom. Lives and works in London)
Olly Fathers’ work explores the relationship between abstract shapes, forms and different materials. He takes great satisfaction in the making process, creating well-finished, often playful pieces that encourage closer inspection in order to come to grips with the method of construction, inlaying and overlaying.
With a keen interest in woodwork, both as a skill and as a medium for art and design, Fathers finds inspiration from architecture, design and early computer technology and graphics. His pieces use intricately cut paper or wood veneers brought together using self-taught marquetry techniques. The beautifully finished pieces display contrasting natural and dyed coloured layers of paper or wood, which causes the shapes to appear raised out the surface, in a Tromp l’oeil affect.