Linda Holloway – Artist
Linda completed a Bachelor of Arts and went on to complete her art training with a Master of Fine Arts (Hons) in 2004 at Elam School of Fine Arts. She now has a painting practice working from her studio in central Auckland.
In 2006, 2010 and 2013 Linda was a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards and in 2006 was invited to attend the Vienna Festival in Austria. Linda has held numerous solo exhibitions and her work is well regarded by collectors around the world.
“Linda Holloway’s latest paintings refuse to stay still. Huge grids of metallic and matte squares respond and react to light, appearing to shimmer and shift as you approach them.
This latest body of work has evolved from Holloway’s previous Anomie series, which explored a kind of social unravelling; diminutive figures seemed isolated within an infinite, ever-shifting landscape, lost in a strange sea of grids and objects. In this latest series, the relationship between space and form continues to be explored through the juxtaposed grids and shadow objects, creating a heightened tension across each composition.
Holloway’s paintings respond sensitively to the shifting environments in which they were made, but also create a shifting environment in and of themselves. As we approach the works our own shadows are cast onto them, and become incorporated with the paintings. Our presence becomes intrinsic to the formation of these works as we actively contribute to the sense of movement and transformation, and so each experience of them is unique.
The poignancy of Linda Holloway’s paintings exists in the crucial space between repetition and difference. This notion encourages us to look not just at the shared commonality between forms, occurrences or events, but to notice and revel in the differences between seemingly repetitive phenomena. The subtle, transformative qualities of Holloway’s paintings encourages us to embrace this sense of difference, and enjoy moments of transience and experience.” Linda Yang
Examples of Linda’s artwork can be viewed at Mobile Art Gallery, 23 Edwin Street, Mt Eden, Auckland.