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Holly Jade O’Leary has exhibited fine art and multimedia installations at galleries including Sketch, London, Home House, London, and Library private members' club, London, The Greenhouse Berlin, The Loftus Hall, Berlin, Theatre im Keller, Berlin, The Wolf Theatre, Berlin, and Rufflets Hotel, Scotland in an event organised by Label Press at St Andrews University.

Holly Jade was trained in fine art and creative direction (2008 - 2013) under tutelage of Central St Martin's graduate Melanie Wilson, at Prangsta Costumiers whilst working as head stylist and manager of the London based studio and boutique with a celebrity and royal clientele. Her illustrations feature botanical and floral motifs, neoclassical inspiration and use of contemporary artisan techniques - delicate application of gold leaf, in conjunction with imaginative, high fashion fantasy illustration.

Holly Jade’s artistic methodology involves research of architecture and symbolism, use of the phenomena of the physical world found within classical art, and nature studies, Heidigger's concept of Dasein, the poetics of space outlined by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard. Fine art illustrations are inspired by 19th century illustrators such as Edmund Dulac, Kay Neilsen, Arthur Rackham, Mucha and Erté, pre-Raphaelite painters including John Waterhouse, 18th century romantics such as Jean-Antoine Wasseau, Victorian painters John Reinhard Wegulin, and Frederic Leighton, and contemporary nature artist Georgia O’Keefe.

 

Rococo Angels
Rococo Angels (c) Holly Jade O'Leary

 

Rococo Angels (2017)

Neoclassical fantasy tableaux

Dimensions in frame: 373mm x 445mm

Materials: Watercolour, ink, gold leaf

Glazing: 2mm Float Glass

Mount: New Cream

Rococo Angels features cherubim and putti in exquisite forms within a fresco, an intricate, angelic play, part theatre, part ornamental, evocative of Heidigger's concept of Dasein. An abundant flora and fauna of vines, vases, fairy characters and putti draw parallels with the significance of the architecture with enfolds cities and dwellings, lending aesthetic enchantment to elevate the mundane into a fairytale fantasy tableaux, where anything is possible. Holly was inspired by the history of Queen Anne of Denmark, who used the platform of Somerset House, working closely with architect Inigo Jones, jewellers and costumiers to stage London's first 'masques', marking the origins of opera and ballet. The central role of the bridge transports the viewer into a lake filled with a golden moon, waterlillies and a giant carp blowing bubbles, lending aesthetic enchantment.

 

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Incandescent Rose (c) Holly Jade O'Leary

Incandescent Rose (2018)

The Beauty of Nature

Dimensions in frame: 373mm x 445mm

Materials: Watercolour, ink, gold leaf

Glazing: 2mm Float Glass

Mount: New Cream

Incandescent Rose is evocative of a floral atmosphere, a sumptuous, jewel like ambience. In the distance, a temple filled with light can be faintly seen, stretching towards the horizon. Corinthian order columns are lit with sunshine, which spills in violet and gold, lighting a garden of roses in the foreground. Beneath the gauze of sun, and limestone pillars which have stood for centuries, a rose garden grows, filled with fragrant blooms. In the foreground, the light from an azure blue sky glows against the edges of petals in ruby, pink and opulent gold. Incandescent Rose was painted at Waterlow Park, Highgate, London, in watercolour, ink and gold leaf.

 

To arrange a viewing appointment please contact Holly Jade O'Leary [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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