Holly Macphail is a Scottish artist who graduated in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) in 2018. Her practice is largely influenced by the elements, especially the sea. Captivated by the energy, movement and power as well as the many colours of the water. This interest stems from a love of water sports including windsurfing and surfing, which have given her a huge respect for the sea. Holly is a versatile artist working in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, photography and sculpture.
“All energy is only borrowed and one day you have to give it back” - words written by James Cameron for the film Avatar (2009).
Holly takes inspiration from this quote and applies it to both her sculptural work and abstract paintings. She also portrays the power and contortion that the water can put a surfer through. Water is contrasted, being beautiful and delicate but also destructive and powerful. She incorporates this in the design of her sculptures to show the dynamism of the sea.
Holly has exhibited work in several group exhibitions in her home town and Dundee and has undertaken a variety of commissions. She is working on producing a larger body of work especially regarding her sculpture/woodworking practice, aiming to lead to her first solo exhibition. She is currently living and working in Dundee.