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HOLLY SEARS

To view all available works by Artist Holly Sears visit artsy. Holly Sears states that she is awed and inspired by the mystery and amorality of nature. The surrealism of her pictorial subjects is given the firm solidity of being based in the natural world and by a paint application to rival the Dutch Masters. Her delicate, glass like surfaces are built up through thin layers of oil, each bit of feather, fur and foliage crafted with precision and dedication to the verisimilitude of her inner visions. This results magical imagery that is wholly original and unforgettable. Sears work has received numerous awards and is included in both prestigious private and museum collections.

I have always been awed and inspired by the mystery and amorality of nature. The images in my paintings are surreal, yet firmly based in naturalism.

Education

  • Multimedia Studies, 2007 & 2000-1998 - NYU
  • MFA in Painting and Lithography, 1983 - Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, Virginia
  • BFA in Painting and Printmaking, 1977 - Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, Virginia

Awards

  • The Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting, 2012
  • Commission, Laminated Glass Windows - Metro-North Railroad Station, Tarrytown, NY (installed Fall 2012), 2010
  • MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design, with funding by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • Fellowship at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts - Sweet Briar, Virginia, 2003, 2001, 1999

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

  • Holly Sears: Hudson River Explorers Kenise Barnes Fine Art – Larchmont, New York, 2012
  • Holly Sears: Hudson River Explorers Hudson River Museum – Yonkers, New York, 2012
  • Holly Sears & Wendy Rolfe “Dream Awake” two person exhibition Tria Gallery – New York, New York, 2010
  • Holly Sears “Species, Genus, Family, Kingdom” solo exhibition Metaphor Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York, 2007
  • Holly Sears solo exhibition Joyce Goldstein Gallery - Chatham, New York, 2005
  • Holly Sears “Sightings” solo exhibition Metaphor Contemporary Art Gallery - Brooklyn, New York, 2003
  • Holly Sears “New Paintings” solo exhibition Ruth Siegel Gallery - New York, New York, 1991
  • Holly Sears “Unsure Times” solo exhibition Anderson Gallery - Richmond, Virginia, 1983
  • Holly Sears “String Loves” solo exhibition Richmond Artist’s Workshop - Richmond, Virginia, 1981

Group Exhibitions

  • Eye On The Storm cuated by D. Dominick Lombardi, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Fort Meyers, Fl and Housatonic Museum in Bridgeport, CT, 2013
  • Size Matters: Small Works from the Fine Art Collection New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, New Jersey, 2012
  • Postcards from the Edge - Benefit for Rockland Center for the Arts (ROCA), Nyack, New York, 2012
  • 40th Anniversary Celebration at Apella - Benefit auction for Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), 2011
  • Fresh Paint Rockland Center for the Arts - Nyack, New York, 2010
  •  Natural History Central Booking - Brooklyn, New York, 2009
  • Stayin Alive Metaphor Contemporary Art Gallery - Brooklyn, New York, 2009
  • Gifts from the Studio Kenise Barnes Fine Art - Larchmont, New York, 2008
  • Art Obama Auction Brooklyn, New York, 2008
  • Leave nature to nature Art Gate Gallery - Chelsea, New York, 2008
  • Punchbowl Metaphor Contemporary Art Gallery - Brooklyn, New York, 2007
  • The Drawing Show Joyce Goldstein Gallery - Chatham, New York, 2007
  • Mischief Metaphor Contemporary Art Gallery - Brooklyn, New York, 2006
  • Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State, Tel Aviv 2008-2006
  • Scope Hamptons Fair Metaphor Contemporary Art - Brooklyn, New York, 2006
  • Works on Paper Benefit Kentler International Drawing Space - Brooklyn, New York, 2006
  • Breathing Space Metaphor Contemporary Art Gallery - Brooklyn, New York, 2004
  • Enchantment Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill - Bronx, New York, 2004
  • Bestiary 55 Mercer Gallery - New York City, 2003
  • The Birds II Edward Hopper House - Nyack, New York, 2003
  • Paper Metaphor Contemporary Art Gallery - Brooklyn, New York, 2003
  • Affordable Art Fair NYC Metaphor Contemporary Art Gallery - Brooklyn, New York, 2002
  • The Birds OCCC Gallery - Demarest, New Jersey, 2002
  • Botanical Gardens: The Birds and the Bees Kenise Barnes Fine Art - Larchmont, New York, & The Gallery at Pfizer Learning Center - Rye Brook, New York, 2002
  • Treehouse Metaphor Contemporary Art Gallery - Brooklyn, New York, 2002
  • Poetic Information Metaphor Contemporary Art Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, 2001
  • Pier Show Eight Brooklyn, New York, 2000
  • Birds in Science and Art Bergen Museum of Art and Science - Paramus, New Jersey, 1991
  • Faith in the Fin de Siecle Marymount Manhattan Gallery - New York City, 1990
  • Landscape: A Travelogue Painted from Memory, Imagination or Reality Ruth Siegel Gallery – New York City, 1989
  • The Printed Surface Churchman-Fehsenfeld Gallery - Indianapolis, Indiana, 1985
  • Vincennes Herron Faculty Show Vincennes University Gallery - Vincennes, Indiana, 1984
  • Biennial Faculty Exhibition Herron Gallery - Indianapolis, Indiana, 1983
  • Virginia Museum Biennial Virginia Museum of Fine Art - Richmond, Virginia, 1983
  • 5/5 Tredegar Iron Works Richmond, Virginia, 1983
  • Alumni of the Masonic Temple Anderson Gallery - Richmond, Virginia, 1983
  • Brixton Exchange Show Brixton Co-op - Brixton, England, 1983
  • 2nd Degree Art Fayerweather Gallery - Charlottesville, Virginia, 1983
  • New Picture Show Jewish Community Center, 1982
  • North - South A.R.T.S. Gallery - New York City, 1981

Collections

  • Hudson River Museum
  • New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
  • Bank of America
  • Best Products Collection - Sidney and Frances Lewis, Richmond, Virginia
  • American Telephone and Telegraphy, Illinois
  • Dr. Harry Steinberg and Nola Zirin
  • Mr. and Mrs. Victor Morgenstern, Highland Park, Illinois
  • numerous private collections

Bibliography

  • "Eye On The Storm” Exhibition Catalog, By D. Dominick Lombardi, Curator, 2013
  • “Migratory Art” By James Balestrieri, American Art Collector, November, 2012
  • “Visions of Hudson Valley Creatures at Kenise Barnes Fine Art” By Joyce Newman, Environmental Reporter, The Loop, November 28, 2012
  • “Tuesday Tour of the Hudson Line: Tarrytown” By Emily (Cat Girl), IRideTheHalemLine blog, September 18, 2012
  • “Hudson River Explorers” By Bonnie Aldinger, Frogma blog, October 18, 2012
  • “Fantastical Overpasses: Our New Train Art” By Krista Madsen, Tarrytown Patch, August 6, 2012
  • “Scenes From Nature, Buoyant and Surreal A Review of ‘Hudson River Explorers,’ in Yonkers" By Sylviane Gold, New York Times, August 31, 2012 and September 2, 2012
  • Art Auction at 40th Anniversary Celbration at Apella – benefit for Va. Center for the Creative Arts
  • artinbrooklyn,com online publication, May 2009 Artist Feature
  • “Art Exit” Monthly Publication – ArtGate Gallery – July 2008 Artist Feature
  • “Art in Embassies Exhibition, United States Embassy Tel Aviv” Exhibition Brochure US Department of State, Washington, D.C., May 2007
  • “Enchantment” Exhibition Brochure Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill - Bronx, New York 2004
  • “From Romantic to the Edgy, Works that Compel - Enchantment ” Review - New York Times July 25, 2004 - by D. Dominick Lombardi
  • “Holly Sears” Exhibition Catalog Metaphor Contemporary Art, essay by Dominque Nahas - Brooklyn, New York 2003
  • “The Next Juried Show” Exhibition Catalog Virginia Museum of Fine Art - Richmond, Virginia 1983
  • “Alumni of the Masonic Temple” Exhibition Catalog Anderson Gallery - Richmond, Virginia 1983
  • “The Tredegar Iron Works Exhibition” Exhibition Catalogue Richmond Federated Arts Council - Richmond, Virginia 1983