Anne Neilson Fine Art is excited to introduce their newest artist, David Hollier. Originally from Wolverhampton, England, David has been living and working in New York since 2002. He splits his time painting and teaching as an adjunct professor at Parsons The New School of Design. His unique series, Imago Verbosa, features iconic images of cultural influencers throughout history formed entirely by written words. The words are individually hand painted in acrylic and ink forming a strong textual aesthetic among the distinctive series. Keep reading our exclusive interview with the artist to learn more about David and his inventive artworks!
Hometown: Wolverhampton, England
Currently Living: Brooklyn, New York
When did you start your career in art?
I sold my first painting when I was 15 years old. Two of my aunts opened a gift store and encouraged me to frame and sell some of my paintings. The very first piece sold was a watercolor of a misty marsh in the New Forest, South England.
Describe your aesthetic in three words?
Post Pop Art
How much preparation goes into a painting?
For me, its all about preparation. The clearer the idea is in my head before starting painting, the stronger and cleaner the result. I also make all my own canvases, boards and frames, which I feel is an important part of the process. Sometimes the actual painting part is just the icing on the cake.
Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?
I don’t have a favorite piece. I guess its always the next piece I’m working on until its done. Then I like it but think I can do better and move on.
Who inspires you?
People who get out there and do it rather than sitting around and talking about it. Whatever it is.
What Challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art?
Firstly, its important to understand that ‘The Arts’ is one of the fundamental necessities of the human experience. It also has one of the most powerful effects on us. Today the ‘fine arts’ have become very marginalized and more and more exclusive, elitist even. The powers that be are aware of the influence of art and therefore do everything they can to control it. Art cannot be controlled. This is why we are seeing a huge global rising in the street art movement. Its why we are seeing more documentaries and independent films being made. It’s fantastic and amazing. It’s an awesome time to be an artist and involved.
Favorite location to paint? What is your studio like?
I’ll paint anywhere. My studio is a mess – organized chaos.
Random fact about you?
I paint pictures using text, however as a child I struggled with reading and writing.
What’s a recent hobby you’ve discovered?
One thing you couldn’t live without?
I have simple needs. So I’m going to say ‘Humor’.
What makes your work unique?
Making an image out of words is rather unique, although there are others out there doing it. I’ve given it the name ‘Imago Verbosa’ (‘A picture made of words in Latin). And I certainly have my own handwriting style.
Biggest accomplishment to date?
The Nelson Mandela painting I did in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It’s scale, location and message. It was very much a solo project and there were many challenges. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to pull it off. It was the first time I’d used a cherry-picker. I had a very limited time frame and had to paint very fast all night. My painting arm turned black and blue the next day. When I finished I literally wept. I couldn’t help myself.
What do you want your audience to know about your work?
Marilyn Monroe, 36×25