My work is an exploration of the abstract, like dance gestures and the vibrations of color. Light, movement, nature, thoughts and new spirituality with scientific grounding are essential to my work.
Since color is light, it is my first choice when I start my painting to connect instantly with the viewer. My knowledge about color comes from my experience in textile design knowing a small alteration of color tone can change the whole mood of a collection. Next comes a gesture, a sort of dance, an impulse, an expression of energy. I believe that this is ultimately the energy you read in a painting, the force or, on the contrary, the softness of the brushstroke that captures your attention. My background of studying architecture made me also a constructor. Layer by layer the painting grows, refining what you can barely see, accentuating, canceling, for in the end, I want the viewer to feel intrigued by what they see without necessarily understanding it. I like the element of mystery, because that’s what life is, mysterious. So I play a lot with transparency. I have a fascination in things I do not completely apprehend, things that are strange, which are disguises perhaps and might resemble something you know very well. And that’s exactly why I paint abstract. Like Gorky said, “Abstraction allows men to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes.“ The element of not knowing, rather than becoming an unwanted obstacle, can open up to wider, unforeseen possibilities. Gorky also said, ”Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible.”
And that’s my mission, to make the viewer feel, to pull him into the canvas with colors and let his emotions take over, to re-interrupt his daily routine, to lead him to see something he knows in a different way, and discover by transmitting power through color and gesture, allowing the observer to find a new way of accessing the beauty and wonder of the world and emancipate his mind and explore the unknown.
I see my painting as a filter of what goes on in the world and the events that surround me, a reflection of reality, distilled through my experience, into abstraction.
My work is currently showing at an award winning art business and contemporary gallery space in London Debut Contemporary, Notting Hill.
My studio is close to Milan, an hour from Malpensa airport.
Samir Ceric, CEO Debut Contemporary :" Michelle is an accomplished colorist , thanks to her experience in the world of fashion her color palette and compositions reveal an exquisite sensitivity for light and space."
Barry Martin: " In a world of fast, expanding technological know how, and an expanding number of world peoples who know not who they are, it is invigorating and reassuring to meet people whose firm beliefs are put into practice, to benefit, enliven, and make better, not just themselves but the lives of others.
One of them is Michelle Hold, who as artist has made her mark as abstract painter, and carved out an identity for herselve. She shamelessly makes vibrant, dynamic, polychromatic, colourful, resourceful, meaningful, strong, sometimes large- sized paintings, that invigorate, excite and inspire. She panders neither to taste ( except of course her own), nor current fads, or the kind of eye-catching, voguish, detritus that currently passes as art, and which is poured out by the ton in every arts quarter of the world!"
solo exhibitions 2015
"Warriors of Light" Michelle Hold Soloexhibition Debut Contemporary London may
"Blue Mood " Soloexhibition march - Milano
Group exhibitions 2015
ongoing Debut Contemporary London
Silenzi Palazzo Lomellini Museum for Contemporary Art Carmagnola /Turin
'Nutrirsi di Luce' Ecomuseo Cellamonte e Borgo di Moleto
'Nutrirsi di Luce' Humanitaria Milano
Koinè Museo Ricci Oddi Piacenza
Koinè- Galleria Spazio E Milano
Atlante delle Nuvole Italian Culture Institute Vienna
When boys become men Debut Contemporary London 2014
Red Dot Miami 2-7 december 2014
Michelle Hold was born in Munich and grew up in Innsbruck, Austria where she began studying architecture. Then she amplified her growth in the artistic field and fabric design in various courses in Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Munich and London and has just recently finished one year of an innovative"Art incubator" course in London. After pursuing successfully an international modeling career and a restaurant business in Hong Kong,Michelle is finally following her lifetime passion for art. Her art has been shown in Italy and internationally, and won prestigious awards.