Len Hollman studied at Gravesend School of Art, Beckenham School of Art and
Brighton College of Art. He has exhibited at the Ikon Gallery Birmingham, the
Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool, the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, the Pond
Gallery in South London and several times at the Royal West of England
Academy in Bristol. He recently had a successful one-person show at the Alfred
East Gallery in Kettering.
POP-SURREALISM FROM AN ENGLISH VILLAGE.
'Pop-Surrealism' seems to have originated as an art-style label some time in the
1990s to describe the work of a handful of artists in California and elsewhere
whose shared influences included 'low-brow' popular art and retro-cultural
graphic art and design, as well as some kinds of 1960s Pop Art and the weird
dream-worlds of mid-twentieth century European Surrealism. Len Hollman's work
is a decidedly English take on the style, drawing as it does on a certain vein of
'daftness' which has always been a part of British popular culture, as well as on
more specific sources such as the art-work for 1940s and 1950s toy-packaging
and board-games, 1950s to 1970s childrens' book illustration for the 'cheap' end
of the market, and some of the more obscure American and Canadian comics of
the 1940s and '50s.
Venues for forthcoming solo exhibitions include the Queens Park Gallery in Aylesbury (December 2007), the Stantonbury Theatre Gallery in Milton Keynes (May 2008) and the Boxfield Gallery in Stevenage (December 2009).