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Michaela Hollyfield

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Degree: MA Fine Art
University: Aberystwyth 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. Taking this step back into my creativity allowed me to discover a new visual language, and took me into an exploration of my own psyche. My work is concerned with motifs; which represent a symbolic metaphor to me personally, and the process of painting. The more I allow the painting process its own autonomy the more I hear what the painting is telling me. Painting has become about trusting the creative process and allowing the painting to emerge organically. The Forest, the Fox, the Night and the Boat are all motifs that I have explored in earlier work, and will no doubt come back to. The motif that is most prevalent in my work now is the ‘Lookout’ located at Strumble Head. Strumble Head is one of my favourite places to go, particularly in September to watch the seals and their pups. Situated on the cliffs near Strumble Head Lighthouse in Pembrokeshire National Park, this building was originally used in the war as a base for Royal Navy communications. I have always loved the juxtaposition of this grey, functional, unaesthetic building set against the dramatic background of the sea, the coast and the lighthouse. The building has taken on a new presence within these paintings which has become meaningful to me. My work is influenced by the Symbolist movement, abstract expressionism and the work of Peter Doig. “It is in the actual act of making a painting that invention takes over” – Peter Doig ‘No Foreign Lands’.

Solo Exhibitions

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

Group Exhibitions

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:

Ascension

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

£350

Lookout Forest

By Michaela Hollyfield

£795

Lookout Sea

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

Emerging Lookout

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

Le Renard qui dort

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

Bending with the Wind

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

The Lookout Reposes

By Michaela Hollyfield

£750

Study on Paper - Sea

By Michaela Hollyfield

£175

Study on Paper - Sea in Browns...

By Michaela Hollyfield

£175

Study on Paper - Mystical Fore...

By Michaela Hollyfield

£175

Distant Tide, Newport Parrog

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

Abermawr

By Michaela Hollyfield

£795

Estuary, Newport Parrog

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

The Swelling Water

By Michaela Hollyfield

£425

Seal Skin

By Michaela Hollyfield

£275

Charon's Boat II

By Michaela Hollyfield

£425

Sea Pink

By Michaela Hollyfield

£275

Boat and Cloud

By Michaela Hollyfield

£300

Odyssey II

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

Broken, Lovelorn on your Rocks...

By Michaela Hollyfield

£425

£425

£850

Study #2 the Lookout

By Michaela Hollyfield

£225

Monsieur le Renard

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

Study #3 'The Lookout'

By Michaela Hollyfield

£175

The Lookout

By Michaela Hollyfield

£250

Study #5 'The Lookout'

By Michaela Hollyfield

£225

Study #7 'The Lookout'

By Michaela Hollyfield

£175

Study #7 'The Lookout'

By Michaela Hollyfield

£175

Study#8 'The Lookout'

By Michaela Hollyfield

£175

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The Watery Edge

By Michaela Hollyfield

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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

By Michaela Hollyfield

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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

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Untitled

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Pea Green

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Untitled

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Untitled

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The Wine Dark Sea

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Charon's Boat

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Study #1 the Lookout

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The Lookout II

By Michaela Hollyfield

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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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The Sky for the Departing

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Pausing in the inbetween

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Meditation on Loss and Love

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Trees II

By Michaela Hollyfield

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