For background on the artist and works, see below.
About the ArtistKnown primarily for his stunning work carved from stone, Joshua Olley creates works expressing his ethical and environmental values. Born in New Plymouth in 1972, he moved to Wanaka in 1995 and taught himself to carve, gradually working up to large scale stone sculpture. He particularly favours argillite stone being very hard and durable, and for its tactility and ability to hold a fine edge and detail. Joshua Olley was an Arts Gold Award finalist in 2015 and 2017, and exhibited in Sculpture on the Shore in Devonport in 2014, and Sculpture on the Peninsula in 2015 and 2017. His work is held in collections here and overseas, including Te Papa and the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and has been exhibited at private and public galleries throughout NewZealand. Olley’s Fragile Resilience leaf works express the delicate environmental balance, through the durability and fragility of stone carved and polished to a fine edge, almost defying the solidity of the medium.