Holly E. Brown’s graphic prints and drawings, inspired by architecture, balance a rhythm between the rawness of reality and the abstract. Through meticulous carving and mark-making a precise need for structure and control of the urban environment is evoked in the dynamic compositions. Her reductive approach juxtaposes a positive-negative environment in which space, form, and perspective are carefully interwoven.
Born in Southern California (1976), Brown is the owner and CEO of Clockworks Press™, Brooklyn, NY and received a B.F.A. in 1998 from Syracuse University, New York and an M.A. in 2003 from Brooklyn College, NY. Brown’s solo exhibition “Recente Werken” at Ray Brandstore, Delft (2016) debuted her work in the Netherlands and sparked her strong interest in working with repurposed denim and creating a more sustainable printmaking practice.
She has exhibited in several group shows including "Indrukwekkend Toffe Expo", Atelier Indrukwekkend, 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, IL (2005) and the “107th Annual Open Exhibition,” National Arts Club, NYC (2003). She was an Artist-in-Residence at Grafische Werkplaats, The Hague (2016) and The Cooper Union, NYC (2005).
Brown’s etchings can be found in the permanent collections of The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Yale University, CT. and Princeton University, N.J. 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 and printmaking workshops at Atelier Indrukwekkend, Delft, Netherlands.