HollemansAbstract

HollemansAbstract

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Born in Leeds (UK) in 1964, Hollemans attended Jacob Kramer Art College in the early 80's experimenting with different media and techniques from screen printing to woodwork. Since early childhood she created art and items in a variety of media, deciding to expand her knowledge at Manchester Polytechnic in Design History which allowed her to develop skills in glassblowing, ceramics, metalwork, textiles and print media.

On graduating, as co-owner and creator she established a small design company utilising scrap materials to make furniture and lighting with a special commission for set lighting for Channel 4's "Network 7". The designs featured on “The Other Side of Midnight” an arts TV review programme and the collection was shown in UK galleries including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London where the pair also were invited to lecture on British contemporary design. In 1986 Hollemans was chosen as regional representative at a European gathering for young entrepreneurs, also receiving a grant from the Princes Trust and support from Prince Charles. Factory Records commissioned furniture which went on to feature in the film "24 Hour Party People" about the Manchester music scene.

In the austerity years of the 1980s practicalities required a complete direction change, and Hollemans found herself in the corporate world developing IT and management skills. Her artistic side was never far away, and this new environment offered an opportunity to express her creativity in completely new ways, seeking inspiration from the complexities and challenges she now faced.

A resident of The Hague, (Netherlands) for more than 25 years, Hollemans developed her successful corporate career whilst continuing her creative expression through ceramics. She established her own small studio developing her skills with throwing pots, glazing techniques and creating small sculptures. This is where her love of textures and the tactile nature of art really began to develop and is now showing through in her paintings.

When osteoarthritis in her hands took away the strength and ability to manipulate the clay, Hollemans took to painting with energy and vigor, discovering a passion for a brand-new medium. “It took more than a year to accept I could no longer work with ceramics, it was a very difficult process. One of the most exciting things was walking into the room and smelling the clay and glazes and the anticipation that always triggered in me.” This same feeling has been replaced for her with the oils, varnish and wonderful aromas in the room which are always inspiring.

Exploring the new mediums of acrylic and oil and the resulting expressions of bold colours and textures have grown into an unstoppable desire to create. Extensive travels have allowed impressions of ancient and modern cultures to be interpreted into the depiction of lines, shapes, and blurring of paint all of which show strongly in her work.




Linear Expression



Bold Inspiration



Waste Not, Want Not