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Take a look inside the creative mind of Frank E Hollywood

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Frank 't Hoen is his real name, but in the art scene he is known as Frank E Hollywood. A quirky artist with his very own vision on the world. The Amsterdam artist was featured in various Dutch television shows such as 'Stars on the Canvas' and ‘Dreamschool’ and in 2017 he presented the NTR program 'the Nude' about the history of the nude portrait.

Frank E Hollywood
Frank E Hollywood

His Vision
Frank is fascinated by women who often play a leading role in his colorful paintings. In an interview he once said the following:

"I think women are beautiful, women are therefore often the direct object in my work. Women have something magical, pure and fragile but can also be powerful at the same time. The face is very important to me. A face can express all kinds of moods and emotions. In every face there are often a thousand other faces.“

Painting is his way to express his love for women in images and colors.

He grew up in the eighties, where he was surrounded by intense images of the pop culture of that particular time. These influences clearly reflect in his current work. When you look closely at the background of his paintings you will find stamps, dollar bills, but also cartoon characters. His work is always build up out of several layers, giving the work deeper meaning.

I am Lost in You by Frank E Hollywood
I am Lost in You by Frank E Hollywood
Alpha Wolf by Frank E Hollywood
Alpha Wolf by Frank E Hollywood

‘NO BAG, NO STORY!’
His last major project is a one-time series of new artworks called 'NO BAG, NO STORY!’ and is exhibited in The Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam. The series NO BAG, NO STORY! consists out of hyper-realistic paintings of famous Dutch women. Portraits include celebrities such as Shelly Sterk, Carolien Spoor and Elize Horst, inspired by the Golden Age, with an overwhelming amount of high-end, luxurious bags. With these paintings, the artist gives a satirical look at the consumer society we currently live in. The 'one night only' exhibition was for press and intimates only on October 25th. A painting of this series can still be seen in The Museum of Bags and Purses until the end of 2018.

Frank E Hollywood says the following about his new series of artworks:

"History repeats, our current time has a lot of similarities with the 17th century and the end of the 19th century. Globalization and technological developments provide unprecedented opportunities, both good and bad. Vanity is not a sin, but it is rewarded with social media likes. With these paintings I take an ironic look at the classic 'vanitas' paintings. I try to link the present to the past by using contemporary objects. These objects define a contrast in the classical setting, but it fits really well in a strange way. You could say these works symbolize our license to sin.“
Shelly Sterk in the series 'NO BAG, NO STORY!' by Frank E Hollywood
Shelly Sterk in the series 'NO BAG, NO STORY!' by Frank E Hollywood

A selection of Frank's work is available in our shop in the form of limited edition prints.

Source: www.tassenmuseum.nl




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