Sally Hollingworth is a painter and collage illustrator that works in a variety of media producing quirky, colourful and vibrant collages. Born in Cheshire, UK, in 1974, she graduated in 1994 from Bath School of Art in Fine Art specialising in Painting. Sally has been exhibiting and selling her work in galleries and online for over ten years.
The artist is fascinated by the imperfection inherent in the edges and surfaces of pre-used paper, crumpled or smoothed. Her use of media, shape, line, colour, pattern and how they all work together often guide how a piece develops. Straying from the traditional canvas, Sally combines ink, watercolour, acrylic, graphite, crayon, pen on recycled and repurposed paper and vintage book pages and covers.
A feel for a composition that works is crucial and Sally loves seeing how patterns, colours and shapes can sit alongside each other happily, exploring the push and pull that colours and shapes have on each other.
A subject can often appear out of necessity in her work, captured from a fleeting moment in the artist’s imagination. This can be anything from a favourite dark blue jumper to a small adventurous rabbit, a particularly stylish desk lamp, to a rather fetching chicken that belongs to the artist’s sister. All these subjects seem to belong to unrelated stories that become one, sparking in the viewer a sense of wonder that recalls playful childhood memories.
Sally’s inspirations have always been eclectic and extremely varied, from illustration and painting, to ceramics, poetry, sculpture and fashion design, to dance, architecture, interior design and furniture, to maps, printmaking and photography.
These days Sally is happily surrounded by family life which involves her husband, children and beloved dog Echo. She makes work in her little grey studio-shed in her garden looking out at a small but lovely patch of wildflowers and a bird table which the birds pointedly remind her to refill. As is the norm for lots of artists, she also drinks far too much tea!