For a fair few years now Cardiff Life Model Collective, through Andy’s contact with Harry, have been working with the great Harry Holland who has private sketching sessions two or three times a week at his studio in Cardiff.

‘Harry Holland is widely regarded as one of Britain’s best craftsmen, producing technically brilliant and very beautiful paintings.  His style is distinctive and immediately recognisable, something which every artist seeks.  The paintings are suggestive in the sense that they imply situations, events, or relationships that are not directly expressed; this imbues them with an engaging sense of mystery.  A master of painting, Holland works with uncompromising commitment and sincerity to produce art that is intense and rewarding.  He has a predominant interest in the formal and technical aspect of painting.  His contemporaneity is based on the study of classical values applied to modern metropolitan life.’

You can visit Harry’s website here and do take the time to follow his link to his instagram which is mind-blowing 🙂

Here is a gallery of Harry’s sketches of Andy

In 2018 Harry had an exhibition at Martin Tinney Gallery in Cardiff of portraits of Life Models he has worked with over the course of his career. In the exhibition were portraits of five Cardiff Life Model Collective models. This exhibition was engaging, raw and gorgeous all at the same time.

Some images from the exhibition

As testament to Harry’s skill Andy has been banned from facebook on a couple of occasions for posting Harry’s painting of him and for posting the exhibition catalogue. This doesn’t go against fb’s rules, but, you can’t argue with a robot… This has led to Cardiff Life Model Collective avoiding posting anything directly to fb and to work with fb as little as possible.

Cardiff Life Model Collective models regard it as an honour to be so immortalised by such a fine artist.


Outdoor Professional @ Wales Outdoors, Model @ Cardiff Life Model Colective and Published Poet @ Self...