Jackie Hollingsbee

Working the margins of Cornwall and the elements into original artwork

I grew up on the North Coast of Cornwall and although I’ve lived and worked in Southeast Asia, in Spain and in Scotland, all of which informed my work in different ways, Cornwall has always drawn me home.

Wherever I work, the results often seem to reflect the hard and soft surfaces locally, and the margins between land sea and air.  These margins, on the wild days that can both inhibit and inspire, become blurred.  I find that this comes through, even in the more highly abstracted pieces.

I established as an artist working in St Ives several years ago, influenced by the light and the wildness of Penwith.  I now have a studio on Restronguet Creek.   Being out and about in the slightly gentler marine environment of Carrick and Cornwall’s industrial heritage has nudged me in a slightly different direction.

Textures fascinate me.  I constantly find interest in the interplay between earth, rock, sand, water and the flora of the county. These textures seem to me to be best reflected, often now in abstracted form, by use of a palette knife.

I have had solo exhibitions in Perranuthnoe and Porthleven, joint exhibitions in Andalucia and my work can be found at galleries in Porthleven, Marazion, Newlyn and as a pop-up in other places.


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