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Dan Hollings : ‘Big Boys Don’t Cry’

Recent paint­ings by Dan Hollings

04/07/20 – 09/08/20
Opening Times
13:00 – 20:00
Currently the works are heavily formed around the matter of identity, childhood, loss, interior and exterior issues, an inquisition to understanding situations and past events, in correlation to today’s state of self. It’s a sense of joyment in playing. A grown-up angry child now finding a placement of belonging and playfulness within the works, while still reflecting in calamity through the paint.

Fluttered within the works there are discreet motifs taken from the surroundings, overheard conversations, while using the paint as a vessel for personal dialect. More than 1 idea is worked into a painting at a time, different ideas and sketches of the surroundings get stitched into the work like that of a patchwork blanket. Old paintings can be worked on top of for new works, cutting out and bringing the previous painting feelings forward into the current (new) painting, a way of building up layers and conveying a previous conversation and how its developed into what is today.

‘Big Boys Don’t Cry’ derives from a finding of self-love, fitting in today’s world and it being okay to not be okay at times. Big boys do cry. Still life studies are a tackle on solitude of the daily. Days not feeling like getting out of bed to go to work, not wanting to chat to people, the down points not shown through social media and the mundane 9-5 jobs slaving away for no benefit. The blooming flowers, the decay, the bloom, the good days, the bad days, the really bad days cycle like that to shrubbery.
Poetry is the stitching in the patchwork between still life and self-portraits, a way of taking the world, thoughts and experiences in and spitting them back out. It’s rough and grisly, but I hope there’s some honesty in that.
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