I am a Printmaker based in Christchurch, New Zealand specialising in relief woodcuts. I graduated from Christchurch Polytechnic in 2004 with a Bachelor of Design in Visual Arts. I have exhibited in Christchurch and Nelson, and my work is held in private collections in New Zealand, the UK, Australia, Canada, the USA, and other countries around the world.
In 2009 I had a change of focus and traveled to the USA to study sustainability. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability in June 2011 and spent time working in Australia focusing on energy efficiency and conservation.
I began creating relief woodcuts as a student at Christchurch Polytechnic. I was introduced to various forms of printmaking, but relief woodcuts seemed to suit me best. After completing my studies in 2004, I made the decision to purchase a press so that I could continue working from my own studio.
My work is inspired by the places in New Zealand where I like to spend time. A main theme of my work has been the native beech forests of the South Island, including those in the Lewis and Arthur’s Pass and the West Coast. This work reflects my deep respect for the fragility and beauty of all native forests. Through this work, I want to communicate the importance of handing this precious heritage on.
Since I was a very young child, a deep sense of responsibility for our natural environment has somehow been instilled in me. This commitment prompted me to take time away from printmaking to study sustainability in the USA. After completing these studies, I believe more strongly than ever in the importance of protecting New Zealand’s unique natural heritage.
By Holly Lovell-Smith
Media: Framed Relief Woodcut Print - 6/7
Last one in series available
Dimensions: 400 x 540mm (print size)
PREVIOUS WORKS BY HOLLY
ENQUIRIES ARE WELCOME
The images displayed are copyright © property of Majuba Gallery or the Artist. You may view the images and electronically copy or print hard copies of it for your personal, non-commercial use only. You may not distribute, reproduce, display, publish or otherwise commercialise these images.