Young Artist and Illustrator Holly Farmer

Holly Farmer is currently studying Art and Design foundation at New College Nottingham, specializing in Illustration. Her passion and enthusiasm lies in portraiture and oil painting. This September she enroles at Leeds College of Art, in 2012 Holly won the Joan Oliver Award.


‘In September 2012, I was lucky enough to win The Joan Oliver Award, which was a small grant for a young artist showing talent in painting. From this experience I went on to have my own solo exhibition at my local library, and was noticed by local arts groups as well as a local Member of Parliament.

I have been painting for around 4 years, and In that short about of time I feel I have learnt a lot. My skill has began to grow in the last year. Recently I have created commissions for family and friends, but also created a painting for my retiring art teacher last year. This particular commission was set by my previous school’s art department. ‘


‘I am an extremely ambitious young person. I have a motivation and enthusiasm for the creative industry that I only long to share with others, especially other students. Last year I completed my own video painting tutorial series (see below.)

My art work is primarily figurative painting, but I sometimes dabble in other areas of art such as sculpture, animation and digital work. I am inspired by a range of artists including Egon Schiele and Lucian Freud. As well as my passion for painting and portraying the human portrait, I have an interest in words and narrative – hence the fact I am choosing Illustration for my degree.’



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