CONTEMPORARY ARTS INSPIRED BY ROBERT BURNS

25 January - 10 March 2018 @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

Holly Johnson

Holly Johnson was born in Liverpool in 1960. Holly is perhaps best known for his musical career, in particular his work during the ‘Frankie goes to Hollywood’ years in the eighties. The band achieved global success, selling millions of records. However what is less well known is that, since the late seventies, he has also continued to develop his artistic practice, in both drawing and painting. In November 1991 Holly discovered he was HIV positive and although he continued to paint , he started to write his autobiography A Bone In My Flute and began coming to terms with his AIDS diagnosis. Holly has since exhibited work at the Liverpool Biennial, NOVAS Contemporary Urban Centre in Liverpool, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal College of Art, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Hogarth’s House and Tate Liverpool as part of Sir Peter Blake’s About Collage Exhibition, the eminent British Pop Artist also included a print of Elvis Presley Holly gave him in his recent Retrospective at Waddingtons art Gallery London.

The Flower of Love
2009
Hand coloured Etching with Watercolour and Gold Leaf
26 x32cm
Edition of 50

Holly Johnson

Burns Unbroke Visual Artists

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