Holly Grace is an Australian artist based in Melbourne, Victoria. Grace studied at Monash University, majoring in glass with first class honours and completing her Masters of Fine Art in 2004. Since then she has exhibited in venues such as the Melbourne Art Fair, London Art Fair, Sofa Chicago, Art Taipei and has had numerous solo exhibitions both here in Australia and internationally. The artist has been collected by various public and private collections, such as the National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House Art Collection, Glass Museum Ebeltoft, the National Glass Collection, Gallery of Western Australia, and Kerry Stokes Art Collection.
The artist’s recent work explores the narrative between the Australian Highlands and the romanticism of the sublime. Through a photographic survey images from nature are transferred and etched into hand blown glass surfaces. Further exploration and manipulation of these surfaces reinterpret this luminous canvas and blurs the boundaries between the reality of the photograph and the imagination of the maker. Creating artwork that is a unique and personal interpretation of the Australian landscape.
Of her work, Holly says: “I grew up in Perth, Australia a city of extreme isolation where nature is a beautiful, yet harsh reality. It was there in my early formative years I developed a profound appreciation and love for the natural environment.
“As part of my education as a glassmaker and as an artist, I travelled many times to Scandinavia. These trips have been instrumental in the development of my understanding of glass as a material and in forming my aesthetic as an artist. It was in Denmark and in Sweden that I began to look and observe the landscape drawn to the soft transitions in colour that were so different from the intense bright light that is Western Australia. It was also during this time that I first began to use the camera, first as a means of documenting the landscape and then later becoming part of the artwork itself”.
EDUCATION2004 Masters of Fine Art, Monash University, Caulfield, VIC
2000 1st Class Honours, Monash University, Caulfield, VIC
1999 Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, Caulfield, VIC
1994 Certificate of Art & Design, Claremont School of Art, Claremont,
2017 Artist in Residence, Canberra Glassworks, ACT
2017 Spring Residency, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, ACT
2015 Artists Demonstration Ausglass States of Illumination Conference, SA
2014 Thomas Foundation Residency, Canberra Glassworks, ACT Artists Lecture, NZSAG Image & Object Conference, Auckland, NZ
2012 Thomas Foundation Residency, Canberra Glassworks, ACT
2011 Northlands Creative Glass Residency, Scotland, United Kingdom
2007 Artist in Residence Monash University Glass Department, VIC
2003 - 2006 Lecturer (Dept. of Sculpture) School of Contemporary Art, ECU, WA
2004 - 2006 Director – Board of Management FORM, WA
2004 - 2006 The Haig Park Artist Studio & Apartment Residency Program, East Perth, WA
2004 - 2005 Designing Futures in Contemporary Practice Program, FORM, WA
2003 - 2007 Glassblower, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark
SELECTED GRANTS & AWARDS
2018 Finalist Tom Malone Glass Prize, Western Australia Art Gallery, Perth, WA Finalist Fuse Glass Prize 2018, Jam Factory, Adelaide, SA
2017 Finalist Kirra Illuminating Glass Award, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
2016 Finalist Fleurieu Art Prize for Landscape, Samstag Museum, Adelaide, SA Finalist Kirra Illuminating Glass Award, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
2015 Finalist Kirra Illuminating Glass Award, Kirra Galleries, VIC, Australia New Glass Review 36,
2015, Juried International Glass Survey
2014 Arts Victoria Grant, “The Real and the Imagined”. Finalist Ranamok Glass Prize, Canberra Glassworks, ACT, Australia. Finalist Kirra Illuminating Glass Award, Kirra Galleries, VIC. Australia Finalist Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, NSW, Australia
2013 Finalist Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, South Australian Museum, SA Pilchuck Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, USA
2012 Finalist Ranamok Glass Prize, Canberra Glassworks, ACT, Australia Pilchuck Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, USA
2010 Pilchuck Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, USA Finalist Tom Malone Glass Prize, Western Australia Art Gallery
2005 Finalist Tom Malone Glass Prize, Western Australia Art Gallery New Glass Review 27,
2005, Juried International Glass Survey Australia Council Visual Arts New Work Grant, Creation of a body of new work Arts WA Arts Flight Grant, Residency at the Glasmuseum Ebeltoft and mentorship with glass artist Tobias Mohl Ebeltoft, Denmark
2004 33rd Alice Prize, Araluen Park, NT.
2003 Ian Potter Foundation Mentorship with glass artist Neil Wilkin, United Kingdom Arts WA Grant, Artist Residency at the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark
2002 Craft Victoria Exhibition Grant, Poetic Nature Touring Exhibition V.A.C.F Grant, Catalogue for Poetic Nature, a touring collaborative exhibition Monash University Travel Grant for study abroad Australia Council Visual Arts Grant, mentorship with Viki Noorman Koefoed.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Solitude, Beaver Galleries, Deakin, ACT
2015 Peripheral Light, Sabbia Gallery, Paddington, NSW
2014 The Real & The Imagined, Beaver Galleries, Deakin, ACT Australian Alps, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
2013 Shelter, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
2012 Translations, Beaver Galleries, Deakin, ACT
2011 Crossing, Perth Galleries, North Fremantle, WA Poetic Nature, Gunyulgup Galleries, WA
2010 Sublime, Beaver Galleries, Deakin, ACT
2009 Gaze, Anita Traverso Gallery, Richmond, VIC
2007 Glass Canvas, Craft Queensland, Brisbane, Qld Glass Landscape, Glass Galerie Leerdam, Leerdam, The Netherlands Glass Landscape, Gaffer Studio Glass, Hong Kong Landschap, Beaver Galleries, Deakin, ACT
2005 Clearing, Perth Galleries, Subiaco, WA