We are thrilled to announced that in 2019 Chloë will be represented by World renowned New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall UK exhibiting an exclusively new collection of work for her May Bank Holiday Solo Show.
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. 2019 finds her Autumn Major Solo Show taking place at the North Wales based Gallery commencing 13th October.
Discover a brand new body of work in Holt’s ongoing exhibition at Gallerina, North East UK in November to coincide their 20th Birthday beginning in December 2018.
Please contact galleries direct to find out availability of work.
- WHERE THE SEA MEETS THE LAND - NEWCRAFTSMAN GALLERY MAY-JUNE 2019
"This exhibition is a continuation of the exploration of the idea or the feeling of 'emergence' - becoming visible after being concealed. With aesthetic simplicity and sensitivity as defining principles.
St Ives -where the sea meets the land- connects with my previous body of work based around the seafaring culture of Venice - a place that emerges from the sea, in a physical and ethereal sense and a history and desire to enlighten at it's heart.
St Ives and the Cornish peninsulas far reaching history and its more modern connections; Leach’s links with Hamada’s Japanese ceramics and their ethos relates closely with existing fundamentals and concepts within my inspiration - particularly the evocative and spiritual nature of my painting.
The intimacy of everyday objects and vessels making connections to our past histories, through toil and craftsmanship: from the sacred calm of the early Medieval monastery bowl maker; the strong expressive surfaces and banal rhythmic every day forms of ceramic artist Shoji Hamada’s work; to the ancient robust 16th Century Fréjus Jars with their beautiful in imperfections.
The ceramics vessels that have inspired me are both everyday and ritualistic. Ancient storage vessels for transporting precious oils or pigments from far away places across oceans make links with once rare symbolic fruits and flora speaking of the fleeting beauty and impermanence of time.
The gestural paintings’ surfaces are heavily textural almost ceramic and muted pigments are in their rawest most natural forms.They appear salt encrusted as if laid down by shifting sands and ebbing oceans. They emerge into illumination as if hit by bright sunbeams.
Trying to define the essence of finite and infinite; of duality and oneness; of artisan and tradition; past meeting future; rebirth renewing the present and of course breathing space for the eye and mind and peace for soul." - Chloë Holt S/S 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.’
- Ffin Y Parc Gallery 2016
"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.
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.
Chloe is also represented by Panter & Hall, Pall Mall, London.
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.