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FRIEDA VAN DE POLL

I paint, I draw, I wield my scissors and needles and I make objects.


Trained in my hometown Amsterdam, Holland, at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, I am based in England, Oxford and Coventry since 2004.


In my work I create a habitat that has a fairytale atmosphere, populated by weird and wonderful composites of ceramics and textiles, and collages of cuttings from my life on watercolours.


I am one of three founding directors of Holyhead Studios, a non for profit organisation for the arts in Coventry.


I have extensive experience in teaching art, specialising in watercolours and life drawing, to (young) adults at institutions like Coventry University, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Adult Education, Pilgrims Teacher Training. I hold a teaching qualification in Higher Education.

In the woods

Watercolours, soluble graphite & pen

30 x 21 cm


Sisters of Fate

acrylics

32x43cm

At the moment I'm making some quarantine related works, as you do!


There's the obvious, refering to (former) plagues, but also work generated by my walks and a series of self portraits. Not only are the latter a solution for not having access to a model, but also self-portraits are an exercise in self-confrontation that keep me sane.






Pestilence, watercolours & ink

30 x 21 cm

Ursa Major

Acrylics on board

32x43cm

Shipwrecked

Soluble graphite, pen, acrylics

30 x 21cm