Oliver Schwarzwald is a storyteller, telling tales through his images. His work is inspired by many things - experiences, memories, important and less important observations - and is expressed through a variety of techniques. For Schwarzwald, different messages need different executions. Regardless of format, contemplation and reflection are central to his creative process: “Doing nothing is an important source of inspiration for me. Only when one has a long period of contemplation and silence does the head begin to churn out ideas, almost involuntarily.” Born in Gdansk, and now residing in Hamburg, his often fantastical and surreal tales are composed with a precise and meticulous attention to detail, particularly to the lighting of the image. The Courtauld Institute of Art has selected Oliver's work Hurdle to appear in their prestigious East Wing Biennial in January 2016.