Through the use of childlike imagery, artist Gemma Holzer reflects upon the universal emergence into adulthood and the interpersonal relationships we hold with one another. Her work reveals the collective loneliness that resonates in our post digital age.
Gemma makes large scale paintings that use brightly colored acrylic and oil on canvas. The paintings have a vibrant and flat quality that mimic the online realm. Her art is a transposition of digital drawings into physical painting. Flat, and profoundly still, the images exist as vacuums of time. These overly saturated scenes suggest memories of youth.
Her work explores themes concerning interpersonal relationships, loneliness and reality, through the use of childlike imagery. The paintings are an escape from reality; the intention being to take the viewer into a make-believe virtual world.
Holzer’s work revolves around a fetus-like character named PinkBoy, who inhabits worlds appropriated from existing cartoon imagery. PinkBoy is a self-portrait; a personal avatar; a depiction of childhood. He is placed within the artificial worlds to consider issues around being human in today’s age.
2019 City & Guilds of London Art School, BA (hons) Fine Art first class
2017 School of Visual Arts NYC, Summer Residency Photography
2016 The Art Academy London, Foundation degree with merit
Exhibitions / Fairs
Solo & Duo
2021 SECRET LAB with Phoebe Stringer, Bermondsey Project Space, London UK 2020 Alone Together, Four You Gallery, Online
2018 Alien Within, Haren Majesteit, Amersfoort Netherlands
2016/2017 Personal Space, Haren Majesteit, Amersfoort Netherlands
2022 (upcoming) Art Fair, One Art Taipei, Ting Ting Art Space, Taipei Taiwan
2021 (upcoming) Art Fair, Art Taichung, Ting Ting Art Space, Taichung Taiwan
2021 Art Fair, Art Monster, Ting Ting Art Space, Taipei Taiwan
2021 Art Fair, Art Taipei, Ting Ting Art Space, Taipei Taiwan
2021 Art Fair, Art Formosa, Ting Ting Art Space, Taiwan
2021 Group Show, Pacific Breeze II, White Conduit Projects, London UK 2021 Art Fair, Whaaaaats Art fair, Ting Ting Art Space, Taipei Taiwan 2021 Art Fair, Art Tainan, Ting Ting Art Space, Tainan Taiwan
2021 Art Fair, ONE ART Taipei, Ting Ting Art Space, Taipei Taiwan
2019 Group Show, Got It For Cheap & Velvet Ropes, House of Vans, London UK
2019 BA Degree Show, City & Guilds of London Art School, London UK
2018 Interim Show, City & Guilds of London Art School, Mother, London UK
2018 Group Show, SEX!: Human Construction & Human Connection, Crypt Gallery, London UK
2017 Group Show, Got It For Cheap, curated by 0-0 LA, Worldwide
2017 Group Show, School of Visual Arts, SVA Flatiron Gallery, NYC USA
2017 Interim Show, City & Guilds of London Art School, Crypt Gallery, London UK 2016 Foundation Show, The Art Academy, London UK
2018 Shortlisted for The David Ballardie Memorial Awards
Jul 2020 The Traveling Gallery – Create Magazine
2019 The Shipyard Anchor, San Francisco USA