Holly Coulis’s contemporary explorations of the still life genre have opened up the scope of possibility between abstraction and representation. Her paintings and works on paper skilfully use colour and line to build up objects in layers of paint, pushing flat geometry and perspectival shifts to evoke interwoven compositions that mirror, reflect, and expand space. The artist hints at the fine line between narrative and decoration, offering an interest in still life as an underrated genre - a domestic space in the history of painting and a familiar but disquieting source for contemplation.
Holly Coulis (b. 1968, Toronto, Canada) received her BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto, Canada) in 1995 and her MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA) in 1998. Coulis has had recent solo and group exhibitions at Philip Martin Gallery (Los Angeles, CA); Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery (New York, NY); Cooper Cole (Toronto, Canada); University of Georgia (Athens, GA); Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, GA); Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA); Sardine (Brooklyn, NY); Paramó (Guadalajara, Mexico); El Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños (Oaxaca, Mexico); Galleria d'Art Moderna (Milan, Italy); The Bruce High Quality Foundation (New York, NY); and Leo Koenig (New York, NY). Coulis’s work is included in the collections of the Blanton Museum of Art (Austin, TX); Fidelity Investments (Boston, MA); Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland Park, KS); Rollins College (Orlando, FL); and UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas, TX). Coulis lives and works in Athens, GA.