Holly Roberts

Roberts

Since the late 1800s, artists have used paint to embellish photographs, adding rosy cheeks to a formal portrait or painting the sky of a majestic landscape. Throughout the years, photographers have tread the line between painting and photography, at times blending the two mediums to create a new dialogue. One of the most revered artists to paint on photographs is Holly Roberts, whose images force us to examine ourselves and our humanity.

Holly Roberts grew up and still resides in New Mexico, a region surrounded by desert. Known for its Native American heritage, New Mexico is a place where indigenous ideology and Western beliefs merge, creating a magical area filled with a sense of history and spirituality -- elements essential to Roberts and her work.

In 1980, while living on a Zuni reservation in New Mexico, Roberts quietly painted on photographs she had taken of her husband, children, animals and friends. The results of her efforts was startling, as her work was embraced across the country for its innovative style and psychological dramas which confront the anguish, joy, challenges and complexities involved in daily life.

Roberts uses paint to define the photographic image, allowing the brush to guide her through a piece -- to move forward while still being led. A portrait of a mother and child can become a piece about ambiguity of feeling -- of being a mother, wife and artist and the responsibilities that define these roles. This sense of conflict can be seen in Small Child With Wolf, in which her daughters face appears within the body of a salivating wolf. Questions abound. Has the wolf swallowed her, is he protecting her or does she have the fierce temper of a wolf within her? Questions are at the core of Roberts work, allowing the viewer to exchange the personal identity of the subject for an archetype, wherein we all can reside.

Through her steady and unflinching gaze, brutal honesty and tempered toughness, Holly Roberts invites us to look inside ourselves to discover our own fears and truths.

All images are available as 5 x 7" to 30 x 24" and larger, unique gelatin silver prints with oil paint or unique pigment prints with mixed media on panel. Pieces range in price from $1200 to $8000 framed, depending on size.

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

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Man Driving (Gerhard Richter), 2016
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Coyote Fishing, 2015
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Small Elephant, 2014
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Elephant with Chain, 2014
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Snake Rider II - SOLD, 2014

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Startled Rabbit, 2014
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Girl with Crows, 2014
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Girl Running, 2013
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Elephant Preaching, 2013
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Hungry Dog, 2013
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Coyote Turning, 2012

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Crow Hunting, 2012
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Snake Daughter , 2012
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Stolen Elephants , 2012
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Woman with Crow, 2012
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Being Scolded, 2012
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Three Birds Resting, 2012

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Coyote Head, 2012
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Bird with Shoes, 2012
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Wild Dog Running, 2011
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(Small) Fox with Hummingbird, 2011
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Hummingbird, 2011

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Fox Stepping - SOLD, 2011

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Family with Troubles, 2009

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Duck Walking, 2009
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Snake Girl, 2009

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Man with Elephant, 2009

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Crossing Over, 2008
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Forest Knight, 2008

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Hard Ride III, 2008

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Hard Ride I, 2008

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Seasons, 2008

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Two Trees Quarreling - SOLD, 2008

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Bird with Storm - SOLD, 2008

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Red Couple, 2008

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Excavation, 2007

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Snake Boy, 2007

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Lucky Bird, 2007

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Road Rabbit, 2007
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Bird with Snakeman, 2007

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Los Pelones, 2007
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Trojan Horse, 2007

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Two Dogs Out Walking, 2007

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Bird Sailing, 2007

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Bird Singing, 2007

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Bird with Nest, 2007

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Lost in the Forest, 2007
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Cow Grazing, 2007

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Road Closed , 2007
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A Bird I Saw Walking, 2007

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River Styx, 2007

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Small Sorrows, 2007

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Diver, 2007

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Rabbit Truck, 2007
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Mother and Daughter with Birds Leaving , 2006
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People that are Trees II, 2005
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Man with Questions, 2005
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People that are Trees I - SOLD, 2005

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Breech - SOLD, 2003

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Smouldering, 2003
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Tree Man Watching , 2001
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Bird with Bear, 2001
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King with Crows, 2000
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Sleepwalking Girl, 1999
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Man Running with Storm, 1999

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Black Eye, 1999
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Big Fish, 1997

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Man Waiting, 1997
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Dark Angel, 1997
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Running Man with Power Lines , 1995
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Woman Taking a Shower, 1995