Harry Holland was born in Glasgow in 1941 and trained at St. Martin’s School of Art, London. He has been living and working in Cardiff since 1973.
Highly technically skilled he is established as one of Britain’s leading figurative artists and has exhibited with great critical and commercial success in Cardiff, London, Edinburgh, New York, Los Angeles, to name a few, making him one of Wales’ most internationally renowned and successful artists. His paintings often subtly imply situations, events or relationships for which he uses a muted palette and predominantly oils.
He has ignored prevailing trends and fashions, while continuing to develop his own themes and style. His intellectual and painterly approach is deeply rooted in the traditions of art. Beautifully painted, his serene, ambiguous and intriguing paintings repay long contemplation.
His works are in the following public collections: Tate Gallery, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; European Parliament Collection; National Museum of Wales; British Museum, London; Belgian National Collection; Heiniken Collection, Amsterdam; Newport Museum and Art Gallery; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; Scottish equitable, Edinburgh; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Contemporary Arts Society; Welsh Arts Council, Contemporary Arts Society for Wales; University of Wales; BBC Wales; Gatmore Investment Management Ltd; National Portrait Gallery, Canada; Senate of the Italian Republic, Palazzo Madama, Rome and many corporate and private collections worldwide.