Born and based in London, Holly Elan works with watercolour and fluid acrylics to paint intimate and playful scenes inspired by her surroundings. She graduated from UWE in 2017 with a BA in Fine art and Visual Culture and has since exhibited works both across the UK and internationally.
Whilst living in New Zealand in 2018, she started painting as a way of capturing memories and scenes of the everyday. Aware that she would have to bring her works and materials back to the UK, she began working on paper using only tubes of red, yellow and blue acrylics. By heavily watering these down and mixing her own colours, what started as a way of saving space has led to her vibrant watercolour-esque style of painting.
Using a wet on wet method of painting that allows pigment to spread and bleed freely, she is able to create unpredictable shapes and marks that couldn’t be achieved by hand. The works invite the viewer to appreciate the beauty in areas of merging and uncontrollable colour as well as overlooked moments and objects. Her bright and bold colour choices act as a way of enhancing these snapshots of the everyday, bringing to your attention something beautiful that may otherwise be overlooked like the patterns on a bunch of ripening bananas, or the calm moment after a long hot shower.