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.Gemma’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.
2021 ONE ART, Fun Year Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 2021 (forthcoming) ART Central, Fun Year Art Gallery, Hong Kong
2020 Solo Show:Alone Together, Four You Gallery, Online
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 Solo Show:Alien Within, Haren Majesteit, Amersfoort Netherlands
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
2018 Shortlisted for The David Ballardie Memorial Awards