Untitled (large dark), 2012
Oil on canvas
Original size: 114.3 x 76.2 cm
Photographer: Peter White FXP photography
Robert Holyhead (b. Trowbridge, UK, 1974) lives and works in London. Holyhead’s work is marked by expanses of white ground left uncovered with traces of colour at the canvas-edge where paint has been carefully removed from the surface. While some pieces are covered almost entirely with semi-translucent paint others are, in contrast, sporadically punctured by intensely coloured, geometric shapes.
Holyhead studied at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University (1993-96) and at the Chelsea School of Art (1996-97). In 2005 he was awarded a five-year ACME Fire Station live/work residency. In 2009 The Government Art Collection commissioned him to produce two site-specific works for the New British Embassy and the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels. The Arts Council Collection, the Government Art Collection, and the Tate collection have acquired his work.
Recent solo exhibitions: Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2014; Karsten Schubert, London, 2009/ 2010/ 2012; and PEER, London, 2012.
Recent group exhibitions include: Stag - Berlin/London, Dispari & Dispari, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2013; Every bird brings a different melody to the garden, No Format, London, 2013; System Painting Construction Archive, Lion and Lamb, London, 2013; Revealed: Government Art Collection, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 2013; The Space Between, Tate Britain, London, 2012/13; Towards a New Abstraction, Fondazione MACC, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Calasetta, Italy, 2012; British Modern Remade: Style. Design. Glamour. Horror, Park Hill, Sheffield, 2012.