Holly Nicholls

Based Edinburgh, UK
Holly Nicholls - artist


I make paintings that explore the relationship between material and self within formalist painting boundaries. My work is routed in experience, I am interested in the gaps between what we see and the language we use to describe it. I use found and adapted tools to create performed, repeated and reversed actions; building both unity and division. A calculated yet ungovernable adrenaline pushes me through paintings and the balance between materiality and motive acts as a tipping point. Subversive contradictions drive my practice; wet and dry, horizontal and vertical, painting and removing, tool and hand, paint and place.


2020: Commencing Masters of Fine Art, Edinburgh College of Art
2018: BA Fine Art, Bath School of Art and Design
2015: Foundation in Art & Design Arts, University Bournemouth

Selected Exhibitions & Awards

2019: 30th Anniversary at Beside the Wave, Falmouth
2019: Environments, Tate St. Ives. ​
2018: Look, Freelands Foundation, London
2018: Cluster, Truman Brewery, London
2018: CODA, Bargehouse OXO Tower, London
2018: Undergraduate Degree Show Bath School of Art and Design
2018: 5 Years of the Porthleven Prize, Newton Park, Bath
2017: Raw, CAST studios, Helston
2017: As the weather, Bath Spa Porthleven Prize exhibition, Bath
2016: Winner of the Bath Spa Porthleven Prize Residency
2015 Refract - 44AD Gallery, Bath


a-n Degree Show Interview
Patrick Heron, Tate St. Ives Review The Gallery Collectors
Fad Magazine September
The Lines Between// Klimt and Schiele The Gallery Collectors
Artist Profile Freelands Foundation
Artist Introductions October


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  • Achievements & Goals

    • Achieving a First Class Honours Degree
    • Working with the Freelands Foundation
    • Selling paintings through Acrylicize Studio
    • To lecture at Higher Education facility
    • To write for art magazines 
    • Paint full time
  • Genre & Style

    • Abstract
    • Colour field
    • Expressionism
  • Inspiration & Vision

    • Walking
    • Reading
    • People
  • Sales & Trajectory

    • Already sold works
    • Self-funded
  • Technique & Material

    • I am a gestural painter working with the medium of oil paint


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