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Hollis Heichemer

American, b. 1963
where the under and over meet II #1, 2018
where the under and over meet II #1, 2018

her works become capsules of sorts for an array of moments in and outside of the studio.

Of her work Heichemer says, “For me, painting is about exploring. An adventurer does not set out on a journey knowing exactly what they will find. They take up a path and let the world unfold naturally, taking in the discovery and allowing it to drive the sense of significance. This is also how I am approaching my work, letting the painting take me into an unplanned process and inspiring me to question and examine what excites me; what inspires me; what I am passionate about.” She takes initial inspiration from the natural landscapes surrounding her home.

 

Her paintings are characterized by rich gradations of greens and blues that shift from dark intensity to light-filled translucency. Her spontaneous gestural approach infuses the works with a sense of motion, suggesting the colors are active beneath the surface plane. This sense of depth invites the viewer to step into the painting in a way, as though there is an open path of color, light, and emotional evocations one can follow.

Of her work Heichemer says, “For me, painting is about exploring. An adventurer does not set out on a journey knowing exactly what they will find. They take up a path and let the world unfold naturally, taking in the discovery and allowing it to drive the sense of significance. This is also how I am approaching my work, letting the painting take me into an unplanned process and inspiring me to question and examine what excites me; what inspires me; what I am passionate about.” She takes initial inspiration from the natural landscapes surrounding her home.

 

Her paintings are characterized by rich gradations of greens and blues that shift from dark intensity to light-filled translucency. Her spontaneous gestural approach infuses the works with a sense of motion, suggesting the colors are active beneath the surface plane. This sense of depth invites the viewer to step into the painting in a way, as though there is an open path of color, light, and emotional evocations one can follow.

 

While Heichemer is often compelled by nature, she draws on experiences through time, allowing her works to develop fluidly over a period—in some instances days and in other instances months. In this way, her works become capsules of sorts for an array of moments in and outside of the studio. Heichemer is not interested in affixing a meaning or definition to her work, but rather she invites viewers to look; to experience; and to find their own meanings within it.
 

Hollis Heichemer was born in Binghamton, New York in 1963 and currently lives and works in New Hampshire. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Gross McCleaf Gallery and Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia and J. Cacciola Gallery in New York. She’s participated in a wide range of group exhibitions, including most recently at Stanek Gallery in Philadelphia and Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco. Hollis Taggart has featured two solo showings of her work: Happenstance (2019) and Entanglement (2021). She joined the gallery’s program in April 2020.

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Art Grind Podcast - Ep: 45 - Alex Kanevsky & Hollis Heichemer

Art Grind Podcast

Ep: 45 - Alex Kanevsky & Hollis Heichemer
October 30, 2020
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How Galleries Are Supporting and Signing New Artists during the Pandemic

June 17, 2020
Hollis Heichemer, “Game at Sunset” (2020), oil on mylar mounted on board, 24 x 24 inches (courtesy the artist and Hollis Taggart)

Week in Review

Petitions Urge Museums to Retain Staff; Longtime NYC Gallery Shutters
April 24, 2020
Readings, A stone and a star by Hollis Heichemer

Readings

A stone and a star by Hollis Heichemer
July 2019
Editors’ Picks, 17 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week

Editors’ Picks

17 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week
April 1, 2019
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Video walkthrough of Philadelphia and New Hampshire based painter Hollis Heichemer's exhibition Happenstance.
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