The works of Schibli are an idyllic paradise of visual harmonies, inspired by the beauty of ancient art and wall paintings paired with new world problems and tributes to his favorite artists.
An immersive visual experience that invites us into his golden world paved with a commanding blue hue and sometimes Cosmos black.
This particular Ocean blue represents pure energy, and when used in tandem with pure gold – a metal that has shared origins with our human consciousness since time immemorial – it symbolizes my need to seek out that which is rare, precious, scarce, and pure on a universal level.
His works integrate the labor-intensive, ancient technique of hand gilding.
Schibli meticulously applies several layers of Gold Leaf and Ocean Blue to each of his canvases. He explores concepts of infinity and greatness.
One of the most striking elements of Schibli’s paintings is his use of Gold Leaf. Most of the Earth’s gold lies at its core, the metal’s high density having made it sink there in our planet’s youth. Virtually all gold discovered is considered to have been deposited by meteorites that contained the element. In essence, Schibli is painting with metal from fallen stars.
The iconic Ocean blue creates a void, and Schibli reclaims that void and makes it all his own. In that void one can gain their full power.
Schibli’s work pairs the decadent and the minimal, the spectacular and the invisible, seeking to heighten the experience of the spectator by creating immersive environments that transport the viewer into other worlds.
The boundless nature of sky and ocean, provoking a striking emotional response. What interests him most about Gold is its scarcity and the emotional response that Gold evokes. Beyond symbolizing opulence and wealth, it manifests a feeling of refinement that is often lost in today’s disposable culture.
By listening to his higher self, the part of all of us that is connected to universal truth, the work creates Oliver Schibli as much as he creates the work.