This is Holly Farrell

By Gwylym Owen

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Holly Farrell (born 6 December 1961) is a Canadian painter who has been painting in the past 1995.

Nostalgia drives her subject matter, Still Life instinctive her main focus. Farrell considers her Still Life paintings to be easy meditations on people and places she has known – there is a prudence of the portrait in anything that she paints. Farrell’s subjects are the common, everyday tools of our hours of daylight to day existence – things that many of us are able to project our own experiences onto.

Farrell says:

“Homely is how I would describe most of my subjects. It’s how I feel gone I see at my paintings, whether I am connecting to something, someone, or some time.  A Definite line is drawn to people who are closest to me. My cookbook series is an homage to my mother…memories of her baking pies, roasting roasts – memories of her standing at the back the counter of our associates diner, lipstick upon cigarettes and coffee cups.  Chairs, bowls, clocks…other domestic tools…functional things that now Keep special meaning, allowing us to accomplish back for a moment and maybe experience a bit of the past.” Holly Farrell – 2017.

Farrell’s exploit has been exhibited in Canada, the U.S., England, and Japan. Her paintings are in corporate and private collections throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Japan including: BMO, Canada; William Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection (Gérard Louis-Dreyfus), U.S.A., Sony Music, Japan, TD Bank Group, and OPAM (Oita Prefectural Museum of Art), Japan.

She lives in the same way as her husband and three cats in Toronto, Ontario.

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