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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’.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

2018 - Spotlight on Emerging Artists, The Gallery Newport Pembs. Welsh Art Week 

2018 - Spring Exhibition, Oriel Llandudoch, St Dogmaels 

2017 - Fishguard Arts Society Summer Open, Tregwynt Mansion

2017 - The Gallery Y Oriel, Summer Show, Newport Pembrokeshire

2017 - Oriel Q Narberth, Summer Open

2017 - Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham Racecourse

2016 - Fishguard Arts Society Summer Exhibition

2016 - Workshop Wales Gallery, Summer Exhibition, Pembrokeshire 

2016 - Graduate and Post Graduate Show, Aberystwyth School of Art

2016 - Fishguard Arts Society Summer Exhibition, Tregwynt Mansion 

2016 - Workshop Wales Gallery, Spring Exhibition, Pembrokeshire 

2016 - Welsh Art Week London, Woolff Gallery, London

2015 - Workshop Wales Gallery, Summer Exhibition, Pembrokeshire 

2015 - Affordable Art Exhibition, The Old College, Aberystwyth

2015 - Graduate and Post Graduate Show, Aberystwyth School of Art

2015 - Women's Week, West Wales Art Centre, Cafe Celf, Fishguard

2011 - Joint Exhibition, Fishguard Library, Fishguard

2010 - West Wales Art Centre, Cafe Celf, Fishguard

2001 - Peninsular Daily, Eindhoven, The Nederlands

2000 - Uit Eigen Koeken, Trammelandt, The Nederlands

1999 - Jelly Leg'd Chicken Art Gallery, Reading

1998 - Open Studios, Warehouse Artists Studios, Norwich

1997 - Ashridge College of Management, Hereford
1997 - Graduate Show, Norwich School of Art and Design.

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

St David's Head

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

Le Renard qui dort

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

Crossing the River Styx

By Michaela Hollyfield

£850

Bending with the Wind

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

Pr├ędateur de Nuit

By Michaela Hollyfield

£485

Sealskin Soulskin

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

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£425

Untitled

By Michaela Hollyfield

£795

£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

By Michaela Hollyfield

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The Moon Lights my Way

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Monsieur le Renard est Mort

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Cathedral Forest II

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Underground Forest - Moonlit

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Monsieur le Renard est Mort II...

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Impasse

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Cathedral Forest

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Pine Fox Night

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Abstract Landscape

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Now My Foolish Boat

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Odyssey

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Waiting to Hold You

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Untitled

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Pea Green

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Untitled

By Michaela Hollyfield

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The Wine Dark Sea

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Charon's Boat

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Study #1 the Lookout

By Michaela Hollyfield

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The Lookout II

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Study #4 'The Lookout'

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Study #6 'The Lookout'

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Navigating the Way Beyond the ...

By Michaela Hollyfield

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The Sky for the Departing

By Michaela Hollyfield

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Pausing in the inbetween

By Michaela Hollyfield

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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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