Chloë Holt

After her first sell-out exhibition in 2013 at Wales’ premier Art Gallery Ffin Y Parc Gallery, Chloë followed with yearly exhibitions of equal merit.
Chloë returns on 27th March 2021 for a milestone exhibition - "Hiraeth" marks her 40th birthday!
Ffin Y Parc also holds a collection of works always available to view on request.

Visit Chris Holmes Antiques and Art, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire to find a constantly changing personally curated exhibition of works by Chloë.

Discover a permanent changing exhibition at contemporary Gallery Gallerina, North East UK.

Chloe is also represented by modern British Gallery David Simon Contemporary,Somerset UK. David showcased her most recent exhibition in Autumn 2020.

Find her work at the renowned New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall UK. Her next major solo show will be here in 2022, until then they hold a selection of works which are available to view.

Please contact galleries direct to find out availability of work.


    "In this show there is a mixture of works on paper and canvas, and a mixture of landscapes and still life. In their different ways both these strands are reactions to and reflections on the isolation/dislocation of the past year.

    The landscapes are dark and perturbed, clouded and anxious. Skies are unsettled and seas are turbulent. Her palette is limited and the glimmers of light, when they appear, are distant and fragile, suggestive of dusk rather than dawn. The bottles and bowls and seeds in her subdued, shadowed interiors are alone. They wait, empty or dormant, for connection and touch, and company…

    As always, Chloë's work has a completely modern and sophisticated sensibility, but its soul comes from its connections to the past. The result is work that rings with dignity and respect. There is a penetrating intelligence in these works, it is both intellectual and emotional. So here is work which is both articulate and instinctive, illuminating even when it is darkling…" - Ffin Y Parc Gallery, March 2021

    "Chloe’s work is elegant and beautifully constructed. She chooses simple, mundane objects, and transforms them through the act of painting them, revealing their essence and revelling in the details and scars which make them unique. Her responses are instinctive, almost improvisational and yet they are also sophisticated and contemplative. Her objects have history and dignity; as past and a purpose." - Roland Powell and Ralph Sanders, Ffin y Parc Gallery 2014.

    "In 2012, Chloe became [one of] the youngest artist['s] ever to be elected a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy, and she was awarded the Sir Kyffin Williams drawing prize. She paints with a confidence and maturity beyond her years. For her first show here at Ffin y Parc, she has made work based on landscape and buildings in and around the Conwy Valley.

    These works are deftly constructed and beautiful. They appear rough-hewn, but also have a lightness, delicacy and much fine detail. Many of the pieces incorporate found objects - bits of string, rusty nails, fragments of wood. They are the proof: the links in the chain of evidence from the things the artist sees to the feelings they evoke, the memories they make and the connections they ignite.

    These inclusions, along with the fragments of words and numbers, as if the paintings are made on old books or ledgers; and the often muted colours which give the work a sun-bleached, age-faded patina, again seek to catch at the value and persistence of memory, and the way our memories are mutable over time.

    Whether pressed under glass like preserved specimens, or in old found frames like heirlooms or relics, these works speak of the past, of memory, of connection. Things that we bring from other places, or rescue from oblivion accrue meaning and significance over time. They anchor us in our reality and help preserve our identity. They are our history and our narrative." -Roland Powell and Ralph Sanders, Ffin y Parc Gallery 2013.

  • "Hortulus from the Latin “little garden” and Animae or Anima from “the soul”.
    The title was also that of an extremely beautiful illustrated manuscript medieval prayer book featuring an enclosed monastic garden and herb garden.
  • The Hortus was also the name given to the central garden within Roman homes. A place to enjoy the notion of ‘Otium’ - A latin abstract term with a number of meanings, including: time at home, resting, contemplation and academic endeavours. It can have intellectual and virtuous implications. Activities that were considered in the Roman world to be Artistically valuable, or enlightening.
  • A time to contemplate, reconnect with nature and discover the beauty of the small things: hear the birds sing, watch the sunlight chase the dappled shadows, and see the garden grow and seasons change."
    - Chloë Holt 2020
  • "A day on Ynys Llanddwyn, an island off an island off an island…The end of the line. A place of escape, and rest, and secrets!

    Llanddwyn, rich in legend, with the ruined Church of St. Dwynwen is a place of pilgrimage. A place for the consolation for lovers. A place of contemplation and safety. A place of danger… The lighthouses watch. The line of whitewashed Pilot's cottages wait. Hear the echoes of clenched nights, lit by frail rushlights while the sea thrashed mountainously outside the small windows. Night and storm making the actual mountains little more than a memory or a rumour.

    Now the rare Yellow Sea Poppy proliferates and climbs the hostile surfaces of the exposed stone, taking hold in the smallest cracks. The land billows with field-lakes of marram grass and tiny yellow wild flowers. Sea and sun make the golden ochre seaweed glisten, and black lava is speckled with brilliant cadmium yellow lichen. Gaze across the Menai Straits - in the distance is the great wash of the graphite Snowdonia mountain range.
    This has always been one of my favourite places. Somewhere I can wait for the click as things fall into place, for a while at least.

    Back in the studio, the yellows of the wild flowers, lichens, rocks and seaweeds persist and fascinate, compelling the bright yellows of Elfdock and Sunflowers from the garden as the summer pulls on. Sweet yellow memories. They flood the eye and the mind with golden sunshine and sustaining hope"
    - Ralph Sanders and Roland Powell for Chloë Holt 2019

'These new works by Chloe cluster around ideas of emergence, of things becoming visible after being concealed, of things being brought into the light.
There are paintings of Venice, seeming to emerge from the water and mist of the lagoon like a kind of miracle. Objects and ideas brought to Venice, made and developed there and taken from there all around the world, bringing enlightenment. The pots and brushes, studio objects which form the fulcrum between the creative impulse and the created object, the means to bring the fragments of dreams and ideas into being. And the flowers and fruits, at once the culmination of what has gone before and promise of what is to come.
Chloe's work appreciates and celebrates the connections between the past and the future. And acknowledges the debt owed by one to the other. The present moment is the knot through which all things must pass!' - Ffin Y Parc Gallery Summer 2018

"When painting the flowers and fruit, or the bowls and blades that she finds and brings back to her studio like souvenirs or treasure, time is patient and watchful. Chloe is intent on the imperfections and the flaws: the flowers bloom and blaze, but they also droop and fade; and the bowls - well they’re cracked and dented, and the blades are blunt and rusty…But as Leonard Cohen wrote: ‘There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.’

These elegant and contemplative paintings are full of the bravery and nobility that the light reveals. They honour the inevitable damages and decay inflicted by time, and find beauty and comfort there. They remind us that while much is fleeting, falling, fading, there is also transcendence and grace…
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’ (Keats)
- Ffin Y Parc Gallery 2016

Elected one of the youngest ever RCA Academicians in 2012 of the Royal Cambrian Academy

The New Light charity purchased "Marmalade" for their private collection in 2015 which is available within a touring exhibition to both private and public spaces.

In Summer 2014 Chloë illustrated a beautiful book by Will Ottley, Mountain Garden. A limited number of signed by author and artist copies are available at Chris Holmes Antiques or direct from Chloë.

Winner of the Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize 2012 for the work "Beina".

Awarded the International 'Lorenzo il Magnifico' prize for works on paper at The Florence Biennale 2009.