Holly E. Brown’s architecturally inspired prints balance a rhythm between the rawness of reality and the abstract. Through meticulous carving and mark-making Brown’s precise need for structure and control of the urban environment is evoked in the dynamic compositions present in her collagraphs and etchings. She works reductively to juxtapose a positive-negative environment in which space, form, perspective, and texture are interwoven.
Holly E. Brown was born in Southern California in 1976 and is the owner and CEO of Clockworks Press™, Corp. She received her B.F.A. in 1998 from Syracuse University, New York and an M.A. in 2003 from Brooklyn College, New York. Brown’s solo exhibition “Recente Werken” at Ray Brandstore, Delft (2016) debuted her work in the Netherlands. She has exhibited in several group exhibitions including " Indrukwekkend Toffe Expo", Atelier Indrukewekkend, Delft, Netherlands (2017), " Printed Matter", Galerie Schippers, The Hague, Netherlands (2017), "2 x 5", Grafische Werkplaats, The Hague, Netherlands (2017), “30th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition,” Bradley University, Illinois (2005) and the “107th Annual Open Exhibition,” National Arts Club, New York (2003). She was an Artist-in-Residence at Grafische Werkplaats, The Hague (2016) and The Cooper Union, New York (2005).
Brown’s etchings can be found in the permanent collections of The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Yale University, Connecticut and Princeton University, New Jersey among others. She collaborated with Pulitzer prize winning poet Charles Simic on the portfolios "The Pieces of the Clock Lie Scattered" and "Three Poems." Brown currently splits her time living and working in Brooklyn, New York and The Hague, Netherlands.
In addition to running her company Clockworks Press, Brown teaches art at Convent of the Sacred Heart, NYC.