Harry’s Female Nude (originally entitled Squat), is perhaps too reflective and elegant an image for the original, possibly working title. With the intimacy of a Japanese ukiyo-e woodcut of a 'female beauty', this watercolour is uncharacteristically undetailed, and may possibly be a sketch from an artist who has made his name producing hyper-realistic, figurative paintings. As well as the paint, applied without shading, original pencil lines give insight to Harry's thought processes.
Harry Holland was born in Glasgow in 1941, as a child he moved around the country but settled in London when he was nine. He studied at what is now Central St Martin’s, leaving in 1969, the same year in which he started exhibiting. Since then, he has gained a reputation as a hyper-figurative painter. His works, including portraits, are exhibited in such prestigious locations as the British Museum in London, in public galleries across Europe and as far afield as Ottawa’s National Portrait Gallery.
Dimensions (approximate): Image: H:30cm, W:25cm, Framed: H:50c, W:45cm, D:2cm
Watercolour and pencil on handmade laid paper
Moulded, stained wooden from with gold detailing and cream mitred mount, glazed
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