Toronto, b.1968

Holly Coulis

Holly Coulis grew up in Northern Ontario in the 1970s. She remembers sitting in the backseat of a car and noticing that everything in her visual field was surrounded by lines. In Coulis's new paintings, dynamic lines separate the objects and the bright color fields around them. In a sense, the areas of her paintings come together like interlocking puzzle pieces. In the late 15th century, painters like Botticelli struggled with the question of how edges of objects should meet other objects, and how areas of color should come together. Botticelli used line, which tends to flatten the space; while Da Vinci allowed objects and color areas to blur together and create space in what is known as aerial perspective. Aerial perspective approximates the action of vision, fooling the eye...

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Biography

Holly Coulis grew up in Northern Ontario in the 1970s. She remembers sitting in the backseat of a car and noticing that everything in her visual field was surrounded by lines. In Coulis's new paintings, dynamic lines separate the objects and the bright color fields around them. In a sense, the areas of her paintings come together like interlocking puzzle pieces. In the late 15th century, painters like Botticelli struggled with the question of how edges of objects should meet other objects, and how areas of color should come together. Botticelli used line, which tends to flatten the space; while Da Vinci allowed objects and color areas to blur together and create space in what is known as aerial perspective. Aerial perspective approximates the action of vision, fooling the eye into thinking it is seeing real space. Holly Coulis's paintings head in the opposite direction. Her works upend the illusion of painting-as-window. They disturb the tranquility of the picture plane with well-placed shape, line and a riot of color. She asks the viewer to challenge their eyes, the art object and the conventions of painterly vision.

Holly Coulis was born in 1968 in Toronto, Canda and lives and works in Athens, GA. She has recently been the subject of solo exhibitions at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY (2019); Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada (2018); Simon Lee Gallery, Viewing Room, London, UK (2018); and Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA (2016). Selected group exhibitions include Housewarming, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY (2018); Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose, Curated by Nikki Maloof and Louis Fratino, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY (2018); Oliver Twist, Rental Gallery, East Hampton, New York, NY (2017); A Change of Heart, Curated by Chris Sharp, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Dream Song 386, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, ON (2016); Around Flat, curated by William Staples, Knockdown Center, Maspeth, Queens, NY (2015); and The Last Brucennial, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY (2014).

Artworks

2

Lemon Eclipse, 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Art of the 2010s / Athens / Bright Colors / Canada / Canadian Art / Color and Form / Constructivist Painting / Contemporary Canadian Art / Inspired by Old Masters / Linen / Oil on Linen / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Optical Illusion / Painting / Point / Line / Plane / Space/Spatiality / Still Life / Toronto

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1998

    MFA in Fine Arts, School oft he Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

  • 1995

    BFA in Fine Arts, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Stilly, Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • At Rest, SOCO Gallery, Charlotte, NC

  • 2018

    Holly Coulis, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Holly Coulis, Nevine Mahmoud & Christina Ramberg, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2018

    Line and Verse, curated by Ridley Howard, Andrehn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2017

    Sitting Still, Bravin Lee, New York, NY

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Education

  • 1998

    MFA in Fine Arts, School oft he Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

  • 1995

    BFA in Fine Arts, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Stilly, Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • At Rest, SOCO Gallery, Charlotte, NC

  • 2018

    Holly Coulis, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK

  • Island, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada

  • Holly Coulis, Tennis Elbow, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2017

    Table Studies, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, NewYork, NY

  • Day and Nights, Lemons, Cherry and Martins, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2016

    Dishes and Fruits, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, Georgia

  • 2015

    Holly Coulis, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY

  • Holly Coulis, Cherry and Martins, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2012

    Holly Coulis, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

  • Inside Out, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

  • 2010

    Small Paintings, Solomon Projects, Atlanta, GA

  • 2009

    Rosa, Rosa, Claudia Groeflin Gallery, Zuerich, Switzerland

  • 2008

    Men, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

  • Some People, Lamontagne Gallery, Boston, MA

  • 2006

    Groeflin Maag Galerie, Basel, Switzerland

  • Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2004

    Stories for Georgia, Groeflin Maag Galerie, Basel, Switzerland

  • Selves, Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

  • 2003

    Happenstance, LFL Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Holly Coulis, Nevine Mahmoud & Christina Ramberg, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2018

    Line and Verse, curated by Ridley Howard, Andrehn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2017

    Sitting Still, Bravin Lee, New York, NY

  • Oliver Twist, Rental Gallery, East Hampton, New York, NY

  • 2016

    Postcard from New York – Part I, Anna Marra Contemporanea, Rome, Italy

  • A Change of Heart, curated by Chris Sharp, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • If Only Bella Abzug Were Here, Marc Straus Gallery, New York, NY

  • No Empty Vessels, Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO

  • Dream Song 386, Cooper Cole Gallery, St. Augustine, FL

  • 2015

    Around Flat, curated by William Staples, Knockdown Center, Maspeth, Queen

  • Tomorrow is Yesterday, curated by Nina Venus, Mikiko Sato Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

  • The Earth is AllIk now of Wonder: Contemporary Responses to Hartley, curated by Jacob Rhodes, Driscoll Babock: Project Space, New York, NY

  • NADA Art Fair, Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York, NY

  • Armory Art Fair, Cherry and Martin, New York, NY

  • Swingers/WKND, Tribble Mancenido, Brooklyn, NY

  • Suddenly, Last Summer, Longhouse Projects, New York, NY

  • Around Flat, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY

  • Greenhouse, curated by Janet Hicks, One Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY

  • 2014

    Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY

  • Salad, curated by Jennifer Coates, Jeff Bailey Hudson, New York, NY

  • The Last Brucennial, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY

  • Quiet Please, curated by Matthew Fisher, Rare Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2013

    Aliza Nisenbaum & Holly Coulis, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI

  • Fiction/Non-Fiction, Storefront Gallery, Bushwick, NY

  • 1000 Little Deaths, curated by Tom Sanford, Bravin Lee Projects, New York, NY

  • Hot Fun in the Summertime, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA

  • 2012

    En Plein Air, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY

  • Big Sky Mind, Bull and Ram, New York, NY

  • I Glove you, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA

  • Leave it to Beavers, Gallery Diet, Miami, FL

  • 2011

    Drawn, Storefront Gallery, Bushwick, NY

  • Fresh Paint, Standpipe Gallery, New York, NY

  • Russ and Liz’s Ultimate Playlist, Four Eleven Studio, Provincetown, MA

  • 2010

    Long, Long Gone, Leo Koenig Gallery, New York, NY

  • Big Picture, Priska Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY

  • Last Thursday, Lamontagne Gallery, Boston, MA

  • Animal Companions, CCA Andratx, Andratx, Spain

  • 2009

    Figuratively Seeing, Massachussetts College of Art and Design, New York, NY

  • From Yarn to Yucca – A Continuation in the Dialogue between Abstraction and Figuration, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY

  • First Show, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

  • After the Goldrush, 106 Green, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2008

    New York, New Work: The Object Direct in Recent Art, Mississippi State University Department of Art Gallery, Mississippi State, MS

  • Admirer, curated by Maureen Cavanaugh, 31 Grand, New York, NY

  • In Your Face, BUIA Gallery, New York, NY

  • The Drawing Narrative, Jenny Jaskey Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2007

    Rearview, Freight & Volume, New York, NY

  • Neo Integrity, curated by Keith Mayerson, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

  • Carel, Coulis, Pfefferkorn, Theirry Goldberg Projects, New York, NY

  • 2006

    Stiff, curated by Ann Toebbe, Gallery 4000, Chicago, IL

  • Ben Butler, Holly Couils, Ridley Howard, Galerie Glance, Turin, Italy

  • 2005

    Interesting Painting, Gallery 400, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • Summer Pleasures, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

  • Séance, Fort Point Arts Community Gallery, Boston, MA

  • 2004

    Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?, Champion Fine Art, Culver City, CA

  • She’s Come Undone, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY

  • Marilyn, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

  • Autumn, Sixtyseven Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2003

    Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • Emblem, curated by Shelly Bancroft, The Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA

  • 2002

    Holly Coulis/Dana Schutz, LFL Gallery, New York, NY

  • Emerging New York Artists, Arno Maris Gallery, Westfield State College, MA

  • DNA at DAN, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA

  • International Contemporary and Emerging Art, Lawson Menzies Flynn, Sydney, Australia

  • 2001

    I See You 2, Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York, NY

  • Passing Through: Women Artists in Brooklyn, Shaqab College of Design Arts, Doha, Qatar

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

  • Open, LFL Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2000

    Winter Paper, Catherine Moore Fine Art, New York, NY

  • The Pierogi Flatfiles, H & R Block Art Space, Kansas City, MO

Bibliography

  • 2018

    T. Berg, Must-See Art Guide: London, Artnet.com, June 28

  • Blouin Art Info, Abstracting the Everday: Holly Coulis at Simon Lee Gallery, June 6

  • 2017

    Goings on About Town, New Yorker, October 23

  • K. Kazakina, These are the Young Female Artists to Watch, Bloomberg.com, October 19

  • R. Colvin, A Playful Take on the Still Life, Hyperallergic.com, October 14

  • J. Rosenfeld, Holly Coulis: Table Studies, Brooklyn Rail, October 5

  • M. Schwendener, Holly Coulis, New York Times, October 4

  • 2016

    J. Tarmy, Investing in Art? Here are 10 Young Artists to watch in 2017, Bloomberg.com, December 16

  • E. Kinsella, 9 Must-See Summer Group Gallery Shows, Artnet.com, June 30

  • D. Cohen, If Only Bella Abzug Were Here at Marc Strauss, Artcritical.com, June 28

  • R. Steadman, 10 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before July 4th, New York Observer, June 27

  • S. Indrisek, 5 Can’t Miss Gallery Shows in New York, Artinfo.com, June 24

  • R. Smith, Galleries Shift Shape to Survive in a Changing Art World, New York Times, June 23

  • 2015

    R. Smith, At NADA Art Fair, Collecting for Pleasure, Not Status, New York Times, May 14

  • 2014

    S. Zevitas, Must See Painting Show: February, New American Paintings, February

  • 2013

    H. Vartanian, Pattern Recognition: Seven Bushwick/Ridgewood Shows, Hyperallergic, February 12

  • 2012

    M. H. Hodges, Painters find emotional depth and offbeat beauty in figurative works, Detroit News, May 16

  • E. Nathan, Gallery Shows LA: Holly Coulis, Artnet, April 12

  • S. Zevitas, 12 Must See Painting Shows, Huffington Post, March

  • New American Paintings, Publisher’s Pick, March

  • 2009

    C. A. Westfall, Holly Coulis and David Humphrey at Solomon Projects, Burnaway, June 21

  • 2008

    A. Colleen, Recession Era: Three Non-Profit Responses, Art in America, August 24

  • M. F. Koshow, Holly Coulis, Artforum, p.368., March

  • C. McQuaid, Critics Pick, Boston Globe, January 27

  • 2006

    Ed., Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Issue 20, June

  • C. Taft, Seeing Stars: Paintings by Holly Coulis, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles and Groeflin Maag, Basel, p.92.,

  • 2005

    C. Vassallo, A Story Being Told, Ducts.org, Issue 14

  • C. Mullins, False sense of security, Financial Times, August 13

  • 2004

    K. N. Gerig, Hirsch und Huendchen, human; Die kanadische Kuenstlerin Holly Coulis in der Galerie Groeflin/Maag, Basler Zeitung, September 9

  • 2003

    Ed., From Perky to Unsettling, Los Angeles Times, July 4

  • R. Smith, Holly Coulis, The New York Times, March 28

  • 2002

    G. S. Cattelan, Charley 02, Les Presses du Reel

  • K. Levin, Holly Coulis/Dana Schutz, The Village Voice, February 12

  • R. Smith, Holly Coulis/Dana Schutz, The New York Times, February 8