About Holly Sarre’…
Accomplished contemporary folk artist Holly Sarre is the latest member of her family to capture the beauty and complexity of New Orleans and southern Louisiana on canvas since the 1800s. Holly’s artistic legacy includes, among others, Henry W. Sarre’ (b. 1829) and Carmen G. Sarre’ (b. 1895), who were among the first New Orleans artists to be recognized as Who Was Who in American Art, and their works are still sought-after by collectors today.
Like Sarres before her, Holly’s work embraces classicism in the iconic New Orleans imagery she chooses as her subjects, but her execution is decisively contemporary. Her Brass Bands, First and Second Lines, Mardi Gras Flambeaux as well as the city’s renowned architecture and cemeteries come alive in a rich, vivid Creole palette. At once her canvasses pay heartfelt homage to the city she loves, but also surge with passion and emotion, ranging from joy to despair.
Of particular note is the highly collectible Flood Series Sarre created post-Katrina. In her stunning architectural renderings she depicts a beautiful vibrant cityscape that on closer inspection mirrors a city’s aspirational response to tragedy. Some say inspirational as well. Her paintings precipitated by the BP oil leak are similarly wrought with feelings spiraling out of control.
Sarre’s work has been recognized in juried competitions across the country. She has been a featured artist at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on multiple occasions and her collection hailed by critics as a “must-see.”
She lives and paints in Untown New Orleans with her 2 cats and Bob.
Spring Festival schedule:
Cajun-Zydeco/Seafood/ Creole Tomato Festival
43rd Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Contemporary Crafts / First Weekend,
April 27 - 29, 2012.
French Quarter Festival April 12-15, 2012
"N.O. Redux 2" 30" X 40"
The above painting will be on display at the
CAC / NOLA NOW
Feb. 25 - March 25, 2012
" Landscape, Cityscape, Seascape"
This Painting" N.O. Rebirth" was done in conjunction with Artist Bob Graham, to see his Mardi Gras Paintings, N.O. Jazz Paintings or Portraits in the "Saints Hall of Fame", click on his link www.BobGrahamArt.com