Stories Part I

Holly Scholfield

Thursday 19th May – Thursday 16th June 2016

Holly Scholfield is an artist and art practitioner, specialising in painting and printmaking. She grew up in Suffolk, and studied for her degree in Fine Art at Central St Martins. She worked in a contemporary art gallery and exhibited in London for many years before making a move back to Suffolk where she gained a masters degree at Norwich University of the Arts.

During her time in London, Holly was awarded a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship award, exhibiting at the GLA building, Tower Bridge.Recent shows have been in Southwold, Aldeburgh, Norwich and Harrogate. In December 2015 she was shortlisted for the National Open Art competition.

Holly’s interest in the ability of cloth to capture femininity grew from a period of studying and drawing Ancient Greek and Egyptian clothed females in museum collections. Admiring pleats and folds sculpted in stone inspired an exploration into textiles and fashion, layering and pattern.Through a series of paintings, prints and drawings Holly explores issues around the copious identities of women in contemporary society, underpinning it with allegorical narrative.

The work sets out to create dreamlike scenarios where figures wander, weighted with their own imagination in a wilderness charged with emotion leaving the viewer free to engage with the narrative. The use of intense colour and extreme composition make a balance between chaos and control and to develop the link between pattern and metaphor.