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Harry Holland is widely regarded as one of Britain’s best craftsmen, producing technically brilliant and very beautiful paintings. His style is distinctive and immediately recognisable, something which every artist seeks. The paintings are suggestive in the sense that they imply situations, events, or relationships that are not directly expressed; this imbues them with an engaging sense of mystery. A master of painting, Holland works with uncompromising commitment and sincerity to produce art that is intense and rewarding. He has a predominant interest in the formal and technical aspect of painting. His contemporaneity is based on the study of classical values applied to modern metropolitan life. Born in Glasgow in 1941 he spent his childhood in various parts of the UK settling in London in 1949. He trained at St. Martin’s School of Art from 1965-69 where he first exhibited in 1969. In 1973 he moved to Cardiff where he lives and paints today. As well as participating in many group shows and international fairs, Harry Holland has had many solo exhibitions. Public commissions include: Cardiff City Council: Cardiff Castle Mural; Greater London Council, Portrait of Illtyd Harrington, ILEA Chairman; Welsh Arts Council: Print Commission (The Final Proof Exhibition); Portrait of Lord Callaghan. His works are in the following public collections: Tate Gallery, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; European Parliament Collection; National Museum of Wales; British Museum, London; Belgian National Collection; Heineken Collection, Amsterdam; Newport Museum and Art Gallery; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; Scottish equitable, Edinburgh; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Contemporary Arts Society; Welsh Arts Council, Contemporary Arts Society for Wales; University of Wales; BBC Wales; Gartmore Investment Management Ltd; National Portrait Gallery, Canada; Senate of the Italian Republic, Palazzo Madama, Rome and many corporate and private collections worldwide.
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