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Homage to René Magritte

125 GBP

Homage to René Magritte comes in a limited edition of 75 signed and numbered giclée prints measuring 30 (w) x 38 (l) cm. Frean's original painting of the same name - Homage to René Magritte, oil on recycled wooden palette, 23 x 33 cm - was made for her recent 2016 exhibition at Paul Smith's shop in London's Mayfair. It can be interpreted as a direct response to Magritte's 1946 self portrait The Son of Man, about which Magritte said "At least it hides the face partly. You have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the person. It's something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present." Frean has used the thumb hole in the palette as a way of hiding Magritte's face and the green of the apple is present as swirls of oil paint embedded in the grain of the wood behind the figure in the bowler hat. 

Please note the original work has now sold. Contact studio@hollyfrean.com for details of similar works available.

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Welcome to The Holly Frean Shop. Here you can buy limited edition prints and plates and (occasionally) original works from the studio of Holly Frean.. A Holly Frean-themed museum shop if you will!

Holly Frean is an artist of exceptional dedication and vision. She began her formal training as an architect and draughtsman but painting portraits took over. Her studio practice has since grown to include picture-making in all its forms, typically oil paintings on canvas and gouaches on paper, also printmaking and 3D work. Infused with wit and humour, Holly’s work draws on the lives of artists and uniquely documents the subtleties in a face, body or movement. Over the past decade she has evolved a highly personal and technically accomplished style.

Holly’s work has been exhibited extensively in the UK and America. Holly's imagination and versatility have recently led to coveted textile, ceramic and wallpaper collaborations with Anthropologie, Burberry, Andrew Martin and Paul Smith.

Holly has won numerous accolades including the 2012 National Open Art Competition Painting Prize (awarded by Grayson Perry) and regularly shows at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the ING Discerning Eye at Mall Galleries in London. Commissions include those from the Duchess of Northumberland, designer Betty Jackson, comedians Russell Howard and Ricky Gervais, hotelier Kit Kemp, actor Russell Tovey and retailer Johnny Boden. 

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