Oliver Hurst graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in 2006 with a degree in Illustration, and having moved around a bit has now settled in Bath. Oliver’s work is heavily inspired by 19th and 20th century history and the painters of those eras. Particular influences are Edward Hopper, Michael Sowa and JMW Turner.
Each painting usually starts with a good chunk of research to make sure details are accurate. Next, a collection of sketches gradually hone in on the best composition before going on to a monotone underpainting to establish values and structure. The painting is then finalised in oils, a medium Oliver has used since childhood. Lastly, the picture is then digitalised and any adjustments made to create the final illustration.
When he’s not painting, Oliver plays his guitar and goes for walks along the canal (not at the same time though).