Holly Friesen

Holly Friesen

Montreal, QC, Canada

About Holly Friesen

Holly Friesen is a contemporary Canadian landscape painter based in Montreal, QC whose paintings evoke the natural environment as embodied experience which she feels is essential to a contemporary understanding of the earth. She learns what she needs to know about survival by painting.

"The more I paint the less separation there is between inner and outer ecologies which results in a linking of perceptions with the natural world where attempts to define or control are useless. For me, painting is like deep prayer awakening a reverence for the earth's inner landscape; the image is in you and you are in the image. Painting is my breath, beauty my compass, and the earth my body."


Holly Friesen was born in Saskatchewan, studied Visual Arts at John Abbott College in Montreal and painting at York University in Toronto. The artist’s studio is currently based out of Montreal QC. Her paintings are collected internationally and part of both corporate and private collections. Holly’s passion is painting vibrant landscapes from the inside out while collaborating with other artists to make art more visible in our everyday world.


Silent Kingdom - April 9 to 14, 2021
Online exhibition with Artwrk.ca
Canadian Online Art Gallery

Artist in Residence
Pouch Cove Foundation,
Pouch Cove, Newfoundland
Sept 2021

Artist in Residence
Chalk Hill, Sonoma, California
October 2019

Artist in Residency Algonquin Park
Sept 2019

The Forest and the Trees
A group exhibition until March 2018
Wild Center, Tupper Lake, NY, USA

The Toronto Artist Project
Booth 922
Toronto, Ont. Canada
February 23 to 26, 2017


Twice Blessed - recent works
July 29 - Sept 12, 2021
Lake Placid Center for the Arts
Lake Placid, NY

The Spirit of the Group of 7 June 1 to October 15
Featured Artist August 15 - Oct 15, 2021
Algonquin Art Center,
Algonquin Park, Ontario

Embracing the Unknown (wool &. watercolor) - August/Sept, 2021
Bluseed Studios
Saranac Lake, NY

The Deep Forest - July 23 to Sept 7, 2020
Corscaden Barn,
Keene Valley, NY

Giving Ground
solo show
Erga Gallery, 6394 St Laurent Blvd
Montreal, Quebec
Vernissage April 4, 2019 6-8pm
Exhibition continues until April 7th, 2019

The Language of Art
Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, Vermong
Vernissage April 5, 2019
Opening Reception 5-7pm

Lost in the Forest
solo pop up show
Centre d'Art E.K. Voland
4720 rue St Ambroise
Montreal, QC
Vernissage April 10, 2019
Exhibition continues until April 15, 20109

Natural Translations
Les Mots Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, QC
Dec 15th to January 14th, 2018

Breathing the Forest
Lake Placid Center for the Arts
Lake Placid, NY, USA
solo show
June 23 to July 30, 2017

Our Northern Neighbours
Group exhibition of Canadian Art
Edgewater Gallery,
Middlebury, Vermont
April 1 to April 27, 2017

Mourning Light
Les Mots Tremblant,
Mont-Tremblant, QC Canada
December 16, 2016 to January 22, 2017

New Beginnings
Galerie Erga, Montreal, QC
April 23 - May 31, 2016

Fera Natura
Les Mots Tremblant,
Mont-Tremblant, QC
Dec 19 to Jan 17, 2016

Six Montreal Painters - Pop Up Exhibition
Centre d'Art E.K. Voland
4710, rue St-Ambroise, Montreal
November 26 - November 29, 2015

Pendragon Theater
Saranac Lake, NY, USA
August 10 to August 30, 2015

Galerie Le Vieux Forgeron,
Stanstead, QC
"Trip the Light"
August 2015

Galerie ESPACE
Vernissage: Thursday, March 19, 5-8pm
Brunch with Art: Sunday, March 22, 10am-2pm
March 18 - 24, 2015
4844 Saint-Laurent Blvd
Montreal, QC Canada

Art on the Water / Pop Up Gallery / Upper Saranac Lake, NY 2014

Centre d'Art E.K. Voland, Montreal, QC / The Ways of Water / solo show 2014

Galerie 806, Mont-Tremblant, QC solo show 2013

Paradise City Arts Festival, Northampton and Marlborough, MA, USA 2013-14

2013-14 Lake Placid Center for the Arts, NY, USA / Annual ADK juried group show

The Wilderness Within Galerie Alfonse Desjardins, Mont-Tremblant, QC / solo exhbition 2013

The Wilderness Within, View Art Gallery, Old Forge, NY USA solo exhibition 2013

Parallax Art Fair, 83 Mercer, SoHo, NYC USA 2012

Berkshire Art Festival, Great Barrington, MASS USA 2012

2012 Timeraiser, Marche Bonsecours, Montreal, QC

The Artist Project, Toronto, ONT 2010-2012

Tete du Toro, Painting from Inside the Landscape, Solo show, Montreal, QC 2011

Club Sportif MAA, solo exhibition, Montreal, QC 2011

The Wilderness Within, solo exhibition, E.K. Voland Centre d'Art, Montreal, QC 2010

McGill Visual Impact, McGill University, Montreal, QC 2010

Montreal Art Expo, Just for Laughs Museum, Montreal, QC 2010

Under Western Skies, Mont-Royal University, Calgary, Alta

Autumn, Group show, Avenue Art Gallery,10 King, Montreal, QC 2009

Eros, La Maison des Arts & Culture, St Faustin, QC 2009

2008 Transition La Maison des Arts & Culture, St Faustin, QC

2007/2009 St-Henri Artwalk St-Henri, Montreal, QC

2008 Dreamtime IASD Exhibition Galerie Art Neuf, Montreal, QC

2007 La Maison des Arts & Culutre, St Faustin, QC

2007 Domaine St Bernard Art Symposium, Mont-Tremblant, QC

2007 Annual Student Show McClure Gallery, Westmount, QC

2007 Ottawa Art Festival Ottawa, Ontario

2006 Art in the Park Ottawa, Ontario