Oliver Bedeman completed a Degree in Painting at Brighton University before studying on the Drawing Year at The Royal Drawing School, where he won the Lady Rothermere Award selected by Christopher Le Brun PRA and Humphrey Ocean RA. Following this Bedeman had a years residency at the school, and taught on their outreach program.
A figurative painter living and working in London, Bedeman's work focuses on imagined and often dream-like portraiture. He takes inspiration from the city through drawing, and in his studio combines this observation with a colourful interpretation of literature, music and story-telling - with figures such as Alan Ginsberg, Stephen Foster and Nature Boy recurring as silent characters.
In 2016 Bedeman was selected for the 2016 Columbia Threadneedle Prize exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London and his painting toured with the prize to the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence. That year Bedeman also had an exhibition titled ‘Nature Boy’ in Norwich.
Oliver's first major London solo show, 'Song of a Stranger', is currently on show at The Fine Art Society, until the 29th September.