Lynnea Holland-Weiss – Figurative Painter

Lynnea Holland-Weiss is a painter focused on the human subject and navigating a vibrantly emotional color palette. 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. In this way, her paintings can also feel cinematic. Lynnea grew up in Berkeley, California and received her BFA from California College of the Arts. While primarily being based in Oakland, Ca, she has spent time traveling and living in other cities around the US, and now has relocated her studio to Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to her studio practice, she actively puts 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 Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago and others. Her work has been recognized through sources, such as New American Paintings, Fresh Paint Magazine, Juxtapoz, Studio Visit Magazine, Contemporary Art Curator and The Artblog.


Artist Statement

My work is about the physical manifestation of our experiences. Our entire perception of the world is held within the body. I am fascinated with observing body language and everyday interactions. 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 and the human experience as a whole. Certain pieces are depictions of specific memories and the visceral feelings that the body held onto, while others investigate the more mundane and daily routines that become habitual almost because of muscle memory.

I am also interested in how time can be perceived and recorded within a painting. Today there’s often such a disconnection between the mind and body. We 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 within the vessel that is our body. My paintings hold a lapse of time, allowing the past moments to layer into one another and simultaneously exist within the presence of the paint.

My process is intuitive and reactionary with continuous layering. I embrace color and use bold or unusual combinations of as a means of pushing ambiguity and androgyny within the figures. I am interested in dissolving our ability to disassociate ourselves from one another. Warm and cool tones push and pull your eye and make the emotion that much more visible. All of my work remains open for interpretation and relies on the viewers to bring their own history and memories into the paintings in order to relate and create narratives.

...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)