From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture book making, Oliver’s work takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including London (National Portrait Gallery and Lazarides), New York (Brooklyn Museum) and Berlin (Gestalten Space).
Oliver’s picture books are loved by the world and have been translated into over 30 languages. Titles include How to Catch a Star, Lost and Found, The Way Back Home, Up and Down, The Heart and the Bottle, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, The Great Paper Caper, The Hueys series and The New York Times Best Sellers Stuck, This Moose Belongs to Me, and The Day the Crayons Quit (#1), written by Drew Daywalt. His latest book is called Imaginary Fred.
Working in collaboration with Studio AKA, Oliver’s second book Lost and Found was developed into an animated short film which has received over sixty awards including a BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film.
Picture book awards include the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books award, Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Gold Award, the Irish Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year, the Blue Peter Book of the Year, and Oliver was shortlisted for the British Book of the Year, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Kate Greenaway Medal.
Other awards include a New York Emmy for his collaborative work with the artist and director Mac Premo, and the Spring 2012 Murray Hill Tuesday Night Coed Indoor Football Championship and Golden Boot.
Oliver has made typography and films for TED, RED and ONE.org.
In 2013 Oliver made art and typography for U2's Grammy award winning and Oscar nominated single ‘Ordinary Love’. Together with Mac Premo they directed the lyric video and the official video for the same song. His portrait of Nelson Mandela, commissioned by the band, was the cover of the EP.
Oliver is from Belfast, Northern Ireland and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.