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DANA HOLST
updated: 02/14/2013
website: danaholst.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Unpopular
Attack
Bedtime
Frigid
Slattern
Vile
Butterfly Girl
Girl in Braids
Kitten
Little Dancer
Looped-e-loo
Stage Fright
Sweet Cuddles
Edith
Alice
 
Portfolio Keywords:  childhood, dreams, figurative, surreal, feminist, animals, fantasy, psychological
 
 
Unpopular by DANA HOLST
Unpopular
Encaustic and oil on paper
2012
22 " x  15 " 
Attack by DANA HOLST
Attack
Encaustic and oil on paper
2012
14 " x  11 " 
Bedtime by DANA HOLST
Bedtime
Encaustic and oil on paper
2012
14.5 " x  13 " 
Frigid by DANA HOLST
Frigid
Encaustic and oil on paper
2012
14 " x  14 " 
Slattern by DANA HOLST
Slattern
Encaustic and oil on paper
2012
14 " x  14 " 
Vile by DANA HOLST
Vile
Encaustic and oil on paper
2012
16 " x  22 " 
Butterfly Girl by DANA HOLST
Butterfly Girl
Encaustic and oil on paper
2011
10.5 " x  8.5 " 
Girl in Braids by DANA HOLST
Girl in Braids
Encaustic and oil on paper
2011
10.5 " x  8.5 " 
Kitten by DANA HOLST
Kitten
Encaustic and oil on paper
2011
10.5 " x  8.5 " 
Little Dancer by DANA HOLST
Little Dancer
Encaustic and oil on paper
2011
10.5 " x  8.5 " 
Looped-e-loo by DANA HOLST
Looped-e-loo
Encaustic and oil on paper
2011
10.5 " x  8.5 " 
Stage Fright by DANA HOLST
Stage Fright
Encaustic and oil on paper
2011
10.5 " x  8.5 " 
Sweet Cuddles by DANA HOLST
Sweet Cuddles
Encaustic and oil on paper
2011
10.5 " x  8.5 " 
Edith by DANA HOLST
Edith
Oil and mixed media on paper
2011
16 " x  12 " 
Alice by DANA HOLST
Alice
Oil and mixed media on paper
2011
16 " x  18 " 

Artist Statement

Dana Holst’s work is an ongoing investigation into the human experience, focusing on the self and it’s place within society.  Themes of sexuality, rite of passage, power struggle and anxiety are habitual for Holst who obsesses with depicting the female experience in conflict.  Using a cast of mostly young female characters, many of which are based on antique vernacular/news photographs and current self-portraits, Holst’s paintings and drawings depict jealousy, self-doubt/hatred and the desire for popularity.


Artist Bio / CV

BIOGRAPHY

Dana Holst is a mid career Canadian artist based in Edmonton, Alberta, working primarily in painting, drawing and printmaking.  Holst’s work is an ongoing investigation into the human experience, focusing on the self and it’s place within society.  Themes of social stereotyping and power struggles between the sexes are habitual for Holst who obsesses with depicting the female experience in conflict.  Her girl figures are usually dressed in frilly costumes with matching hair bows and equally menacing emotions.  Mysterious scenarios for the wayward girls include hunting for wild animals and living out fairytale fantasies in an attempt to find and exert power.

In 2011 Holst was selected by Wajdi Mouawad, the director of the Theatre Francais (National Arts Centre in Ottawa) to be Associate Visual Artist for the 2011-2012 season titled “Nous Ne Sommes Pas Dangereux”.  Her work is included in private collections throughout Canada and the United States as well as the public collections of Alberta Foundation for the Arts (Edmonton, AB), Agnes Etherington Art Centre, (Kingston, ON), Art Bank (Ottawa, ON) and Glenbow Museum (Calgary,AB). 

Upcoming exhibitions include The Tell-Tale Heart, a solo exhibition with Galerie St. Laurent + Hill in Ottawa, Ontario in September 2013; Betwixt and Between a two-person show with Jude Griebel at The Reach Museum in Abbostford, BC in January 2014; and La Vie Fantastique a travelling group exhibition curated by Shane Golby for AGA Trex Program.

For more information, please visit www.danaholst.com.

 

 

 

Education

Honors B.A. Fine Arts University of Waterloo (1995 Graduate)

 

Solo Exhibitions

2013  The Tell-Tale Heart Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa
2012  Lo and Behold  Katharine Mulherin Gallery, Toronto
2011 
Sometimes Rainbows are Black  White Water Gallery, North Bay
         Sometimes Rainbows are Black  The Redhead Gallery, Toronto Ontario