‘New Horizons is a series of recent paintings I have been developing over the last few years. It is an ongoing body of work, with the aim of depicting some of the changes and events that are taking place within my local and surrounding neighbourhoods and in particular, within the Burwood area of Sydney, where I have lived for over thirty years. Having witnessed much of this transformation, although seemingly recent, it is often forgotten as a constant and gradual process. Thus importantly, I also wanted to include and capture elements within each scenery that narrate and give a sense of familiarity and memory, presence and timeless experience. In my work I aim to explore the elusive energy and narratives that shape our human landscape.’
Oscar Garcia is a self taught painter based in Sydney. Born 1979 in Lima Peru, he arrived in Australia at the age of ten. His paintings comprise both real and imagined scenery, commonly depicting images of familiar sights and local places of interest, which he surveys and often photographs for reference before rendering a final arrangement of oil on canvas. His subject matter is inspired by narratives, most of which he finds within landscapes shaped by human activity. Whilst trying to remain an objective observer, he explores these concepts through painting. Oscar Garcia was a Finalist in Blacktown City Art Prize in 2023, Finalist in Burwood Art Prize in 2019, Semi-Finalist in KAAF Art Prize in 2019, Finalist in Urban Edge Art Prize in 2019, Finalist in Mosman Art Prize in 2017, Finalist in KAAF Art Prize in 2017.