From 1960 Oliver’s work changed dramatically. He painted large abstracts, in oil, still responding to landscape, but somehow punching through it, bursting it open, seeing where it took him. The paintings were to do with colour, contrast, and energy. In 1962, he moved into a large new studio, and like so many people, was caught up in the flair of the time. These were paintings where the sense of looking through into a deeper space was explored – an element of so much of his later work.