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Robert Holyhead in Conversation

  • LNM 2 Kongens gate Oslo, 0153 Norway (map)
Untitled (Meet) 2014.jpg

Untitled (Meet), 2014, oil on canvas, 30.5 x 38.1 cm

PRAKSIS and LNM are pleased to offer a rare opportunity to hear Robert Holyhead discuss his work with PRAKSIS Founding Director, Nicholas John Jones, and take part in a post-talk conversation. Everyone is welcome.


Holyhead’s work features in a number of significant collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Tate, the UK Arts Council Collection, and the UK Government Art Collection. He studied at Manchester School of Art and at Chelsea School of Art and Design, and is represented by Galerie Max Hetzler in Paris and Berlin. In 2005 he was awarded the UK’s five-year ACME Fire Station live/work residency and in 2009/10 was commissioned by the Government Art Collection to produce site-specific works for the new British Embassy in Brussels. In 2018, he completed a residency at SoART in Austria and received a UK Art Foundation 20th Anniversary award. Holyhead also writes on art: most recently, for the catalogue of Tate St. Ives’s 2018 Patrick Heron retrospective.


Holyhead’s highly personal, meticulous paintings begin with consideration of the space in which they will be shown, and the conception of an idea for a body of work. Fresh, delicate and luminous, his individual pieces are normally made in a single day. Brushstrokes traced in semi-translucent colours over white underpainting interact with floating geometric shapes and play with positive and negative space, evoking sensations of speed and weight and hinting at reference points outside the canvas.  

Nicholas John Jones is as an artist, curator, and occasional art writer. He studied painting in London at the Slade School of Art and Wimbledon College of Arts. His work has been shown at RH Contemporary, New York; APT London, (2014); Lion+Lamb, London; Gowen Contemporary, Genève; Standpoint, London; the National University of Ireland, Galway; and Dahan Gallery, Hangzhou. Collections that feature his work include Simmons & Simmons, London. Jones has written for various art publications, including and FiskFrisk.

Residency 13, Painting Project: Out Looking Inwards is held in collaboration with LNM (The Norwegian Painters Society). For more information on the residency please click here.

PRAKSIS and LNM offer thanks to OCA (Office for Contemporary Art Norway) for providing the use of their apartment at Ekely – enabling the participation of an increased number of international residents.

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