The Bennett Prize

2.0 Bennett Prize Finalist

Holly Keogh

Holly Keogh “aims to render visible our desire to preserve experience” in her narrative, semi-documentary paintings. Inspired by photographs shared between family in American and England during her youth, Keogh’s paintings offer hazy, gently blurred narratives that speak to our desire to archive the past while knowing we cannot truly recreate or encapsulate it. The transparency of the paint and lack of sharp detail simulates the uncertainty of memory and time, inviting a delving of memory and the projection of the viewer’s own experiences into the narrative. These captured moments hold a sense of unease or disquiet; forever passed, they haunt in their incompleteness.

Keogh graduated in 2012 with a BFA in painting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a course of study that included a year abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. She currently lives and works in Charlotte, where she is represented by SOCO Gallery. Keogh is an original member of the Goodyear Artist Collective and was an inaugural artist-in-residence with the program. In 2019, she participated in the Pienkow Artist Residency in Chelm, Poland (where she received the People’s Choice Award) and in 2020 held an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Art in Charlotte. Her art has appeared in the magazines Our State, Home Design and Décor, Hi-Fructose and The Charlotte Observer among others, and in the 2018 publication ,The Beautiful Book of Exquisite Corpses: A Creative Game of Limitless Possibilities, by Gavin Edwards.

Keogh lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Instagram: @hckeogh

Oil on canvas, 2019, 30 x 40 in.
Rain Was Coming Down, Oil on canvas, 2019, 30 x 40 in.
Oil on canvas, 2019, 30 x 40 in.
Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow, Oil on canvas, 2019, 30 x 40 in.
Oil on canvas, 2020, 54 x 72 in.
More Charming, More Vague, Oil on canvas, 2020, 54 x 72 in.


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