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Big Boys Don't Cry at That Art Gallery

That Art Gallery, 2 Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol, BS2 8DJ

Tel: +44 (0)117 329 2522

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Big Boys Don't Cry at That Art Gallery


This exhibition was due to open in March, the public are now encouraged to book an appointment in advance, but it's not essential.
Access is limited to 2/3 people at a time (unless you are with family members from the same household, then it's 4 people).

The first exhibition in That Art Gallery's new space, 'Big Boys Don't Cry', showcases works by emerging artist Dan Hollings, chosen by Saatchi Art as one of 34 artists from Europe and America to invest in - less than a month after graduating from Falmouth University. Hollings was also shortlisted for the 2018 MIDAS award, and has since exhibited at Newlyn Gallery in 2019 as part of Transition.

'Big Boys Don't Cry' reflects on matters of identity and childhood, revealing a vulnerable, honest and intimate side of masculinity. A colourful contemplation on the past and the ways in which we relate to it, the works explore the poetics of loss and belonging.
Hollings' paintings are bold and bright, in colour and in style. Using thick coats of oil paint, he creates richly textured and dynamic canvases made up by many layers, patterns and colours. The scenes are abstract, inhabited by curious figures and animals that convey a playful sense of youthfulness. At the same time, the images do not shy away from emotion and sadness, saturated by a powerful intensity – from the heavy brushstrokes through to the facial expressions of the figures themselves, whose furrowed brows and conflicted expressions reveal a clear interior struggle.

Images, symbols and words are all combined to give life to spaces that are once external and internal. Where the use of deep blues and greens in particular evokes a sense of the natural world, scattered words and phrases reveal a more introspective and literal approach towards self-expression. Forms of personal dialect and snippets of overheard conversations, phrases such as "love me tomorrow" and "the sky opens its mouth and spits on the floor" are woven along with the images into a kind of patchwork that is at once painting and poetry.
Hollings explains,

11.00am - 6.00pm
Closed Sundays & Mondays

Free Entry


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