Born and raised in Wolverhampton in the U.K. David Hollier now resides and works from his studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn, N.Y. David Hollier creates images of cultural and political icons as composites of their famous words in the form of painted and typed text. Part social commentary and part documentary, Hollier’s work literally blurs the lines between pop culture and politics and invites us to consider the power of words to influence and endure. He is represented by New Apostle Gallery in NYC, Gilles Clement Gallery in Connecticut, and Ap-Art Gallery in London.
Part social commentary and part documentary
Hollier’s work literally blurs the lines between pop culture and politics and invites us to consider the power of words to influence and endure.
In his textual paintings, Hollier recreates portraits and objects using verse and prose. He invites his audience to hear his art through sturdy words - some that challenge injustice and inequality others that just hum a favorite tune. Words that transcend time and cultures.
From political icons to pop princesses
Hollier's work faithfully seeks out the place where politics and pop culture intersect. At its core his work is rigorous inquiry.
David Hollier is a Brooklyn-based contemporary artist, born and raised in Wolverhampton, U.K. To date his body of work features collections ranging from private commissions to large-scale public artworks, in New York, London and throughout the world.
Mastering free-form, hand-drawn calligraphy, using brush strokes to visually depict a picture is central to Hollier's working method. Stylistically, Imago Verbosa (meaning an image made of words) happens on the surface, in the contrast, between dark and light. Each character is individually hand-painted using acrylics on board and canvas, or a vintage typewriter.
Hollier's artistic vocabulary spans public art and photorealism influenced by his early years as a muralist and his training in visual art. He earned his bachelor’s degree in visual art from the University of Northumbria, and studied for a master’s degree in computer imaging and animation from London Guildhall University. Currently, Hollier serves as an adjunct professor at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.
Through solo and group shows/art fairs in both the United States and Europe, from New Jersey to Brussels, Hollier continues to showcase his thought-provoking paintings and prints, gaining increasing attention and a devoted following of its own.