Clive D’Oliveira passed away early this morning, from cancer. He was just shy of his 64th birthday. Clive was a rigorous and thoughtful painter and an old friend we’ve known for many years. I think we met him back in the day because we had a mutual painter friend, John Howlin. Clive was part of a large group exhibition Sheila and I and Scott Childs worked on organizing back in 1995, called Strachan Project, and again in Big Show a decade later.
Clive was a man of strong opinions and he wasn’t shy about telling you the straight goods as he saw them. I always enjoyed chit-chatting about art and the art world with him.
I long admired Clive’s work and his approach to painting, in part because it was so different from my own. I liked that he worked in series, that he did careful studies for his larger paintings, and that he explored his ideas thoroughly before moving on.
Rest in peace my friend.
If you’re interested in seeing more of Clive’s work, many of his paintings are represented on his website.