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Michaela Hollyfield

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Degree: MA Fine Art
University: University of Wales, School of Art
Graduation Year: 2017

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Michaela Hollyfield creates ambiguous landscapes using an intuitive style. Dark, moon kissed colour emanates from the work. Rushing brush strokes wield themselves through the canvas  and create organic shapes suggesting forests or a fox wreathed in a ravine of colour. Hollyfield paints atmospheric mountains, doused in quiet hues whilst another work portrays a forest as night befalls, trees stand stark against the electric blues of midnight. This journey through imagined landscapes lends the work an elusive quality, which remains captivating through the rich use of colour and the painterly attention to form.

Artist Statement

I live in beautiful Pembrokeshire, West Wales, and I graduated from Norwich School of Art and Design in 1997 with a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting. After a long period carving out life experiences; travelling and living abroad, having children, I applied for the MA in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University in 2013. I completed the MA in 2016 and I graduated in July 2017.

I approach most of my canvases in an arbitrary way, staining them with thin washes of oils and making marks as I feel inclined. After this rush of freedom and expression, of gesture and mark making, I then take some time to look at what the painting is doing, and how to respond to the visual conversation I have started.

My work often uses motifs; ranging from the forest, the fox, the boat, the Lookout building (near Strumble Head lighthouse), and most recently St Non’s chapel. 

The Lookout paintings are interconnected with my response to loss and grief. They portray a mystical realm that our departed loved ones may inhabit, created by my painting process. Painting these works gave me a great deal of comfort when dealing with my own grief. I was creating an imagined journey into the afterlife as my journey through grief progressed.

St Non’s Chapel has been the focus point to my work since starting my residency at Oriel y Parc in September 2019.  Sketching the chapel, and surrounding landscape, whilst also researching the story of St Non has informed the paintings that have emerged during and subsequent to the residency. Painted with the same arbitrary and gestural technique as all of my work, aspects of the story’s narrative have become the motifs within these paintings, particularly the birth of St David and the rape of St Non.
Most of my research has been sourced from Rhygyvarch’s Life of St David (translated by Wade Evans in 1923), although other avenues have also been explored, some of my title choices are direct quotes from this work.

Within all of my paintings, the way in which I paint represents a journey. I have called it the journey into my own psyche, but with this body of work I think it has become more to do with my experience of this story. 

St Non’s chapel is part of the pilgrimage route to St David’s Cathedral.


                                                                  

 

Solo Exhibitions

2020, Taith, Oriel y Parc, St Davids room, St Davids Pembrokeshire
2019, Residency, Oriel y Parc, St Davids
2019, Celebrating Women and the Arts, Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard

Group Exhibitions

2020, Glasbury Arts Seventeenth Annual Exhibition, Glasbury Village Hall, Glasbury on Wye
2019, Winter Show, The Gallery Y Oriel, Newport, Pembrokeshire
2019, Celebration of Welsh Contemporary Painting, Oriel y Parc, St Davids
2018, Welsh Art Week - Spotlight Michaela Hollyfield and Lizzy Stonhold, The Gallery Y Oriel, Newport, Pembrokeshire
2017, Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham Race Course, Cheltenham
2017, Summer Open, Oriel Q Gallery, Narberth
2017, Summer Show, The Gallery Y Oriel, Newport, Pembrokeshire
2017, Fishguard Arts Society Summer Exhibition, Tregwynt Mansion, Fishguard
2017, Summer Show, Oriel Llandudoch, St Dogs, Pembrokeshire
2016, Welsh Art Week, Woolff Gallery, London
2016, Spring Exhibition, Workshop Wales Gallery, Fishguard
2016, Fishguard Art's Society Summer Exhibition, Tregwynt Mansion, Pembrokeshire
2016, Graduate and Post Graduate Exhibition, Aberystwyth School of Art, Aberystwyth
2016, Summer Exhibition, Workshop Wales Gallery, Fishguard
2015, Women's Art Week, West Wales Arts Centre, Fishguard
2015, Graduate and Post Graduate Exhibition, Aberystwyth School of Art, Aberystwyth
2015, Affordable Art Exhibition, The Old College, Aberystwyth
2015, Summer Exhibition, Workshop Wales, Fishguard
2011, Mr Blue Sky, Fishguard Library, Fishguard
2010, Womens Art Week, West Wales Arts Centre, Fishguard
2001, Peninsular Daily, Eindhoven Dagblad Gebouw, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2000, Uit Eigen Koeken, Trammelandt, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1999, Graduate Show, Jelly Leg'd Chicken Art Gallery, Reading
1998, Open Studios, Warehouse Artist Studios, Norwich
1997, Graduate Show, Ashridge College of Management, Berkhampsted
1997, BA Hons Degree Show, Norwich School of Art, Norwich

Original works:

The Lookout Reposes

By Michaela Hollyfield

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The Boat to Dirinon

By Michaela Hollyfield

£680

The Birth Place of St David

By Michaela Hollyfield

£680

The Thinning Veil

By Michaela Hollyfield

£1250

The Rape of St Non

By Michaela Hollyfield

£525

'The place... shone with so se...

By Michaela Hollyfield

£1250

Day Break on St David's Day

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

Pilgrimage

By Michaela Hollyfield

£1250

In this place a church is situ...

By Michaela Hollyfield

£525

Springs burst out of the groun...

By Michaela Hollyfield

£525

'On this level space at the ti...

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Estuary, Newport Parrog

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

Distant Tide, Newport Parrog

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

Study on Paper - Mystical Fore...

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Study on Paper - Sea

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Bending with the Wind

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

Le Renard qui dort

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

Lookout Forest

By Michaela Hollyfield

£1250

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The Watery Edge

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Homage to Pelican Island

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The Moon Lights my Way

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Monsieur le Renard est Mort

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Cathedral Forest II

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Underground Forest - Moonlit

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Monsieur le Renard est Mort II...

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Impasse

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Cathedral Forest

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Pine Fox Night

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Abstract Landscape

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Now My Foolish Boat

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Odyssey

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Waiting to Hold You

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Pea Green

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The Wine Dark Sea

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Charon's Boat

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Study #1 the Lookout

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The Lookout II

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Study #4 'The Lookout'

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Study #6 'The Lookout'

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Navigating the Way Beyond the ...

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Ascension

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The Sky for the Departing

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Pausing in the inbetween

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Meditation on Loss and Love

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Trees II

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