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Ollie Foley











As a portrait artist, my artwork is influenced by famous faces from around the world. I take great inspiration in my work and my life from those who have dedicated themselves to their respective fields and become masters of their craft. And from this, I take great pride in capturing their portraits in my artform. A huge fan of Music, Film and Sport, many of the subjects of my compositions are icons from these areas.

I love to focus on expression and emotion in my portraits, capturing specific moments which epitomise these idols and what they represent. Whether that be a specific era or one-off moment in their life, the hours and hours that go into making their talent what it is, or even the despair which can come when having to perform at the pinnacle of your field. My work includes pieces of Hollywood Legends such as Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando, to some of the World’s greatest sportspeople like Pele and Max Verstappen.


Having been inspired by artists such as Jenny Saville, Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol, I like to experiment with mark making and colours within my portraits, applying paint thickly and loosely in areas as well as exploring unconventional colour choices. I like to create distinct portraits with strong expression and vibrancy that really stand out.


I predominantly use acrylic paint in my work, which allows me to create vibrant and striking portraits, akin to the colours often seen within the Pop Art genre.
As well as marks and colours, I also like to look at contrast in my work, evident in some of my black and white studies, where I looked to create very intimate portrait compositions in a simple greyscale, with dark areas of black and very bright areas of white.

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