Lynnea Holland-Weiss – Figurative Painter

Lynnea Holland-Weiss is an artist native to Oakland, Ca. She has spent time traveling and living in other cities around the US, but grew up in the Bay Area and received her BFA from California College of the Arts. Lynnea is primarily a painter, with a focus always on the human subject and navigating a vibrantly emotional color palette. Lynnea also occasionally works in drawing, printmaking, animation and video. Coming from a background in dance, her interest in body language and charting people’s movement through space and time is deeply rooted within her. She uses bold or unusual color combinations to accentuate feeling, making the emotions that much more visible, as well as a means to push ambiguity and androgyny within the figures. Lynnea is interested in dissolving our ability to disassociate ourselves from one another. In addition to her studio practice, she actively puts her work up publicly and paints murals. She wants her work to be an accessible part of the everyday experience for someone to stumble upon, in addition to being found in the gallery museum setting. Her murals currently live both nationally and internationally and her work has been exhibited throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and in other US cities, such as Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago and others. Her work has been recognized through prestigious sources, such as New American Paintings, Fresh Paint Magazine, Juxtapoz, Studio Visit Magazine, Contemporary Art Curator and The Art Blog.


Artist Statement

I am interested in human interactions, daily life and how these experiences stay within our body language. The way our limbs fold, where we hold weight, a crease in the brow, a round puckered lip – all say so much about our history. My current body of work also explores how time can be perceived, how memories are stored within the body and how this can be recorded within a painting. These pieces hold a lapse of time, allowing the past moments to layer into one another and simultaneously exist within the presence of the paint. Layering in my paintings is a way to explore visualizing the emotional experience, the subconscious realm, the concept of time lapsing, simultaneous moments occurring, or different interpretations of shared events. Today, there is such a disconnection between our mind and body. We often are caught up anticipating future interactions or analyzing ones that have already happened. We have endless distractions all around us, and in our pockets, keeping us from experiencing the present moment. These paintings explore time within figuration, whether it is the perception of a delayed moment while the mind tries to process information, a merging of moments and people that have melded together in ones memory and the visceral feelings that the body held onto, or an investigation of the mundane and repetitive daily routines that become habitual almost because of muscle memory. When time can be prolonged or layered and I am able to overlap and merge the lines that separate one another, it allows us to relate and connect. We have rules and walls up to protect us, but so many of the issues that arise in our fast paced and isolated world are linked to the way that we separate and disassociate ourselves from one another. With the medium of painting, I am interested in dissolving these barriers and reflect on everyday human experiences. 

...because her work is unwaveringly real and honest, she is the type of artist you yearn to follow over time. Moods and tones in her work naturally shift along with her life experience. Her work echoes paintings by art legends Nicole Eisenmen and Alice Neel, artists whom have gone against the grain to create work that is real, transparent, and human. Lynnea’s work is no exception. She fearlessly portrays the human experience.
— Hannah Wnorowski (Ground Floor Comedy)
There are many formal ways to introduce artwork in a critique, but I’m going to err on the side of casual and say up-front that I am absolutely mesmerized by Lynnea Holland-Weiss’ paintings ... Every painting tells a story; whether it is a literal narrative or, in Holland-Weiss’ case, a mood, the human mind, which is always looking for a story, will find one.
— Lauren Findlay (The ArtBlog)