May Featured Artist: Holly Farrell

This year is zipping by like a lightning bug, isn’t it?  We’ve rounded the corner to a new month, which means there is a new Featured Artist to enjoy and obsess over all May long!  Toronto artist Holly Farrell is this month’s darling and I’m so excited to feature her work here again.
May Featured Artist Holly Farrell | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #stilllife #retro

May Featured Artist Holly Farrell | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #stilllife #retro

May Featured Artist Holly Farrell | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #stilllife #retro

May Featured Artist Holly Farrell | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #stilllife #retro

May Featured Artist Holly Farrell | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #stilllife #retro

Holly is an amazingly self-taught painter whose work she lovingly describes as “still life as portraiture”.  The things we surround ourselves with, especially as children, hold so many memories and associations.  Like Holly’s association with pulp paperbacks such as “All the Way” above involve sneaking peeks at the forbidden books as a youngster.  The way she portrays each object, worn with use and love, usually on a stark background, helps us connect to our own associations.  We see the objects not just through the artist’s filter, but through our own memories.

To see more of Holly Farrell‘s work, please visit her website.  If you’re in the NYC area, Holly will be showing at the Outsider Art Fair this weekend, May 8th-May11th!  And you can see Holly’s work featured here on the blog & all over AF social media all throughout the merry month of May!

All images via the artist’s website.

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  • Heather Hawley

    I love the retro feel of your blog…especially the book about a woman and her passions :)

    • Artsy Forager

      Glad you are enjoying Holly’s work, Heather!