Originally hailing from Perth, Ollie Lucas is a Melbourne based visual artist whose work revolves around the cerebral phenomenon ‘pareidolia’. Pareidolia put simply is seeing objects in clouds or recognizable objects in patterns or surfaces. Built up surfaces consisting of layered wood, paint and resin allows the viewer to explore and discover abstract imagery and form. His ‘Spool’ series reflects a past life as a graphic designer and a new found love of the graffiti and vandalism of Melbourne’s alleys. Clean hard line graphics are juxtaposed with subtle hints of graffiti and decay, two elements that are polar opposites yet combined to achieve a visual harmony.
Inspiration through colourful advertising and neon cityscapes and has led to a creative take on the industrial function of coloured flags and signals that direct travel of trains, planes and ships, known as semaphores. Lucas harnesses this communicative function to explain new kinds of urban consciousness via constellations of arresting, bright colours and geometric patterns. This neon effect conveys modern life as fast paced and electric as well as grungy and brazen, with the same instantaneous impact as advertising.