Holly Coulis

Table Studies

September 8 - October 22, 2017

Opening Reception: September 8, 2017 6-8 pm

Holly Coulis, 2 Grapefruits and Dishes, 2017 oil on linen 24 x 28 inches
Holly Coulis, 2 Tables with Still Lifes, 2017 oil on linen 40 x 50 inches
Holly Coulis, Pear Plant, 2017 oil on linen 24 x 30 inches
Holly Coulis, Pale Table, Red Tumblers, 2017 oil on linen 36 x 42 inches
Holly Coulis, Fruits on a Table, 2017 oil on linen 48 x 40 inches
Holly Coulis, Orange Row and Paper with Arc, 2017 oil on linen 36 x 42 inches
Holly Coulis, Melon Slices and Pink Cups, 2017 oil on linen 24 x 28 inches
Holly Coulis, Hot Dog Sun, 2017 oil on linen 22 x 18 inches
Holly Coulis, Still Life on Blue Table, 2017 oil on linen 28 x 23 inches
Holly Coulis, Half Lemon, Steam, 2017 oil on linen 18 x 22 inches
Holly Coulis, Cat and Potato Chips, 2017 oil on linen 28 x 24 inches
Holly Coulis, untitled, 2017 gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches
Holly Coulis, untitled, 2017 gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches
Holly Coulis, untitled, 2017 gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches
Holly Coulis, untitled, 2017 gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches
Holly Coulis, untitled, 2017 gouache on paper 12 x16 inches

Press Release

Klaus Gallery will open its fall 2017 season with Table Studies, a show of new oil paintings and gouaches by Holly Coulis: works which further shift the artist’s practice of complicating perspectival and psychological space through the genre of still life. The show will occupy both exhibition spaces in the gallery. 
In her latest work, Coulis has rendered foods, kitchen vessels, and other objects in bold fields of layered color and contrasting outlines to create a subconscious underpinning to their familiarity. Coulis moves the composing games established by artists such as Giorgio Morandi, William Scott, and Gary Hume into her own idiosyncratic realm of shadows, transparencies and reflections, reordering the language of still life imagery. Each individual shape is bounded by multiple layers of underpainted color that unveil themselves slowly to the viewer and suggest a complex, strategic approach to painting. 
For the first time Coulis will exhibit works on paper in gouache. These works emphasize an interest in abstract composition and the sophisticated color relationships that are at the heart of her practice.
Holly Coulis lives and works in Athens, Georgia. She holds an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. She was born in Toronto, Canada.  Recent exhibitions include the Atlanta Contemporary in Atlanta, Georgia, and Cherry + Martin in Los Angeles, CA.