Lot 139 - Holly Mills - Gemini
Oil Pastel on Paper
A6 (10X15CM) ORIGINAL ARTWORK
SIGNED ON VERSO
London based artist Holly Mills (b. 1990) creates small scale, tactile paintings that manifest an off-kilter world of floods, storms, fuzzy heads and empty rooms filled with clouds of speech. These visceral works react to both lived experience and text whilst utilising various media including watercolour, collage, egg tempera, oil transfer and gesso. Repetitive motifs form part of an alt-language that evokes both the physical and emotional experience of place: the top of a head morphs into a hill, the sun is a tuft of grass/ a thought/ an exclamation. Exploration of materials is an important part of the process for Mills. Keeping an element of vulnerable uncertainty in the act of making allows for an openness that feels closer to truth.
Holly graduated from at Camberwell College of Arts in 2012 and The Royal Drawing School (the Drawing Year) in 2018. Recent exhibitions include; The First Swing of the Bat, Gallery 46, London; Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, Multiple Locations, UK; The Pictionary Individual, Real Pain Fine Arts, Los Angeles; The best of the Drawing Year, Christie’s, London; Tickle Torture, BEERS, London. Upcoming group shows include Under Bat Hill (June), W139, Amsterdam; Amongst the Chaos (July),155a gallery, London.