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b. 1923 - d. 2007

Frank E Hollywood (born in 1980) is a well-known artist in the Netherlands who frequently appears in Dutch media, especially because his art is often controversial. He studied at the St. Joost School of Fine Art & Design in Breda and many elements from the world of design do appear in his works. For example, his photorealistic series of oil paintings of famous Dutch women, such as Shelly Sterk, Carolien Spoor and Elize Horst, depict an immediately absurd mix of portrait and modern luxury items, for example Hermes and Chanel bags or Louis Vuitton scarfs.

With these oil paintings the artist provides a satirical comment on the consumerist society we are all part of and questions our consumption of these designer goods when branding ourselves in the public space. At the same time, he paints these women wearing 16th century clerical collars which, at the time, was commonly worn by the bourgeois. This way, he creates a contrasted and dynamic experience by juxtaposing the modern naked woman and the more pious and covered-up woman of the past. It is as if he is asking us: Which is better? The comparison between the historical portrayal of women and modern icons is also evident in the work ”The Age of Happiness” where a naked woman with a white clerical collar is holding a large smiley in front of her crotch. As if the road to happiness is right there, in the woman’s crotch. At the same time, the image creates a resistance because she is also “pious” or unavailable – as if it would be shameful or a sin to get involved with her. This dichotomy creates an interesting tension in the imagery, where the viewer must somehow respond and decide what this is all about.

CAN you actually view a woman dressed in this collar as a sexual being, regardless of how naked she is? And could it be those considerations the artist wishes to evoke: What does it take to make something sexual? What prevents something from being sexual? Are we turned on – or turned off – by these modern, luxury-craving women? The tension between the way sensuality and women are experienced, now and in the past, is often evident in Frank E Hollywood’s art. This can be expressed as difference in clothing or level of nakedness. His image of the past is not romanticised; rather, he draws on the collective visual history and artistic tradition to create a modern image that serves as a starting point for discussion or reflection. His work reveals his ideas about art in the future: Nostalgic and/or historical images are re-used to create something modern and unique in a new context. And, of course, in these works, he uses our immediate perception of the prudishness of the 16th century juxtaposed with the omnipresent nudity and consumerism of the present. Generally, Frank E Hollywood is not afraid of using themes and symbols from popular culture, and these are often present in his paintings. In some works, apart from the oil paintings mentioned above, pop culture themes and colours are even more prevalent. He also creates merchandise, customised objects and clothing for designer brands, including Bjørn Borg, Spotify, Heineken and Samsung.

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      • William Hollywood (1923 - 2007). Oil on Canvassold
        Jan. 19, 2023

        William Hollywood (1923 - 2007). Oil on Canvas

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        Geese in Pond. Signed bottom left. 20" x 24" sight size.

        Weiss Auctions
      • William M. Hollywood (1923-2007, UK), oil on canvas.sold
        Nov. 09, 2022

        William M. Hollywood (1923-2007, UK), oil on canvas.

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        William M. Hollywood (1923-2007, UK), oil on canvas. Of two shelducks at water's edge. Image measures 19.5" x 29.5". Signed lower right. Professionally matted and framed.

        Guyette & Deeter
        May. 21, 2022


        Est: $300 - $500


        Freedom Auction Company
      • *William Hollywood (1923-2007)sold
        Jun. 02, 2021

        *William Hollywood (1923-2007)

        Est: £1,000 - £1,500

        *William Hollywood (1923-2007) *William Hollywood (1923-2007) Pheasants in flight signed 'Wm Hollywood' l.l., oil on canvas 51 x 76cm *Artist's Resale Right may apply to this lot.

      • William L. Gilbert Clock Co. Hollywood Wall Clocksold
        Oct. 30, 2020

        William L. Gilbert Clock Co. Hollywood Wall Clock

        Est: $100 - $10,000

        Early 20th Century; Original, 24.5" height, very fine mahogany case, original silver dial, appears to be complete and all original. Please view photos. Provenance: Miller Estate Collection

        Mebane Antique Auction
      • William Hollywood, "pheasant" | William Hollywood, "Fasanhahn"sold
        Sep. 26, 2019

        William Hollywood, "pheasant" | William Hollywood, "Fasanhahn"

        Est: €1,000 - €1,400

        William Hollywood, (1923-1990), born in Lancashire, grew up in Northern Ireland, studied at the Bellast College of Art and led a design firm before extending his career to paint full-time wild birds in their natural habitat. He was a passionate conservationist. His works have been collected and exhibited internationally and were part of the public collection, including the Ulster Museum. "Pheasant Tap", oil on canvas, 1973, signed lower right, dimensions: 50 x 76 cm | William Hollywood, (1923-1990), geboren in Lancashire, aufgewachsen Nordirland, studierte am Bellast College of Art und leitete eine Designfirma, bevor er seine Karriere verlängerte, um hauptberuflich Wildvögel in ihrem natürlichen Lebensraum zu malen. Er war ein leidenschaftlicher Naturschützer. Seine Arbeiten wurden international gesammelt und ausgestellt und waren Teil der öffentlichen Sammlung, darunter das Ulster Museum. "Fasanhahn", Öl auf Leinwand, 1973, signiert rechts unten, Maße: 50 x 76 cm

        Amadeus Auction
      • William Hollywood (British, 1923-2007)sold
        Dec. 10, 2016

        William Hollywood (British, 1923-2007)

        Est: $3,500 - $5,000

        William Hollywood (British, 1923-2007), "Mallards in Flight", oil on canvas, signed lower left, canvas stamped "'Herga'/Winsor & Newton, Ltd./London, U.K.", 20" x 30". Framed.

        New Orleans Auction Galleries
      • William Hollywood (1923-2007): Rising Mallardssold
        Oct. 07, 2016

        William Hollywood (1923-2007): Rising Mallards

        Est: $100 - $200

        William Hollywood (1923-2007): Rising Mallards Photomechanical reproduction on wove paper, 1979, with margins. 19 x 27 3/4 in. (sight), 25 1/2 x 34 1/2 in. (frame).

      • William Hollywood (1923-2007): Ducks and Rising Mallardssold
        Oct. 07, 2016

        William Hollywood (1923-2007): Ducks and Rising Mallards

        Est: $100 - $200

        William Hollywood (1923-2007): Ducks and Rising Mallards Photomechanical reproduction on wove paper, with margins, signed and numbered 447/570 in pencil. 17 5/8 x 24 7/8 in. (sight), 26 1/2 x 33 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. (frame).

      • WILLIAM HOLLYWOOD, (English, 1923-2007), ODD MAN OUT, TEAL, 1982, oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in., frame: 28 x 38 in.sold
        Jun. 05, 2016

        WILLIAM HOLLYWOOD, (English, 1923-2007), ODD MAN OUT, TEAL, 1982, oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in., frame: 28 x 38 in.

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        WILLIAM HOLLYWOOD (English, 1923-2007) ODD MAN OUT, TEAL 1982, oil on canvas signed and dated Wm. Hollywood (c) 1982, l.l. 20 x 30 in., frame: 28 x 38 in. Provenance: A Maine Gentleman. Other Notes: Bears Sportsman's Edge, New York, NY label, verso.

        Grogan & Company
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