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Andrew Ooi

Andrew Ooi

Born: 1979

Hometown: Toronto

Based in: Toronto

Andrew Ooi creates art examining the convention of painting and sculpture; the appraisal of contemporary craft, art, and design; and the existence of art as part of its environment than its representation. To fulfill his objective, Ooi utilizes architecture and space as both materials and form. Paintings have physical depth; sculptures, low-relief or varied. Subject is abstract, or absent altogether. Consequently, object remains: without a traditional picture plane but with many perspectives; consisting of negative space, equally constructed, actively positive. The art lives in perpetual effect (not affect, though it certainly started this way), and is integrated (not installed) in everyday reality.

Ooi’s artworks are a combination of primitive design and novel application of Japanese joinery and origami techniques. Limiting his color palette, Ooi paints studied shapes and patterns onto individual strips of environmentally-conscious handmade gampi-fiber papers he previously cut to size. He then folds the hundreds to thousands of painted strips into each other to create artworks with multiple planes – including a front and a back, inside and outside – similar to various prehistoric textiles, vessels, and adornments. Ooi’s intentional use of paper in constructing the artifacts by hand is a contemporary evolution of the stone, sticks, and finger-painting-in-the-sand methods of long ago.

Ooi is a Canadian visual artist transposing painting with sculpture to discover novel approaches toward perspective, art, craft, and his favorite medium, paper. Self-taught in Japanese joinery and origami, he began his career in the interior design community where his light works quickly received international attention. From his successive publication in 1,000 Product Designs: Form, Function, and Technology from Around the World (Rockport Publishers) and Illuminate: Contemporary Craft Lighting (Bloomsbury Publishing), Ooi was inspired to pursue the pure arts in a direction never before realized. This led Ooi to invent his pieced-paintings technique, singular to him. Today, Ooi’s work enjoys recognition in various press (Pittsburgh City Paper, 2016), grants (Ontario Arts Council), exhibitions (Anatomy of Resilience, Karsh-Masson Gallery, 2017), fairs (Aqua Art Miami) and collections (Global Affairs Canada). Genercha is his second solo exhibit for BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh PA.


2 works for sale

Maximus' Heart

Andrew Ooi, Canada

Sculpture

$ 320

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Inner Circle by Andrew Ooi

Andrew Ooi, Canada

Painting

$ 3,500

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Sculptures Under $500

25 Artists, 34 Products

Last Updated Feb 24, 2021


Credentials

Awards

Toronto Arts Council Grant, TOArtist COVID Response Fund

2020

Ontario Arts Council Grant, Visual Artists Creation Projects

2019

Ontario Arts Council Grant, Exhibition Assistance

2018

Ontario Arts Council Grant, Materials

2017

Awards

Toronto Arts Council Grant, TOArtist COVID Response Fund

2020

Ontario Arts Council Grant, Visual Artists Creation Projects

2019

Ontario Arts Council Grant, Exhibition Assistance

2018

Ontario Arts Council Grant, Materials

2017

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