Holly Townson - Visual Artist
I grew up in the small town of Port Perry, and I studied visual arts and English literature at York University, where I also earned my Bachelor of Education. After graduating, I lived downtown Toronto, where I worked as a silkscreen artist and workshop instructor. I consider myself primarily a painter, preferring to work large-scale using acrylic, gouache and oil paints. I also work with sound, sculpture, watercolour and illustration, and other mediums.
I am fascinated by cycles of birth, growth, decay, death and rebirth. I am inspired by, and respectively create, landscapes of the mind/subconscious, human body and Earth. I intertwine these landscapes in visually stimulating and elusive dynamics. My work embraces severe contrasts, expressed through the use of highly saturated hues with earthy tones; hard flat spaces with mountainous forms and abstracted fleshes. Elements exist suspended in a foreign space, on the brink of recognition, and ultimately unrealized as objective or rational matter. My process is a balance between intent, spontaneity and experimental play.