Artist Crush: Holly Frean

I stumbled across British artist Holly Frean the other day while flipping through Instagram. I absolutely love the grouped small works she does.  They look so amazing when framed like this below (via Blueprint Store where you can find her work!):

Her animals would be absolutely INSANE in a child’s room (albeit quite fancy for a child!)

I love this homage to Matisse– there is one for sale still too (but in England, alas.)

The black and white versions of her pieces are great as well. So graphic, but yet intricate and soft too.

The smaller four piece works are fantastic- so unexpected.

This is a collection of women artists, done playing card style ( a format she uses often).

And she also does work on plates as well.  And has quite a fascination with chickens :)

You can find affordable prints of her work on if you can’t spring for an original (which are pretty hard to find)

Or shop her Etsy store where you can buy these adorable side plates!!!

I am partial to the zebra and crocodile.

Holly also did an amazing line of fabric and wallpaper with Andrew Martin (available at Kravet here in the States)

I love seeing her original paintings they used for the fabrics…

I just used this fabric for roman shades for a nursery in Connecticut and it looks SO GOOD. :) It’ll be in book 2, can’t wait for you to see!

That’s all for today. It’s been a crazy week and I’m a little short on blogging time!



  1. We can’t get enough of Holly Frean and love having her with us at Blue Print! Thanks for helping spread the word of her amazing work! Fun to see photos from Blue Print on your blog!

  2. Erin – we readers are in love with your blog and always look forward to reading them. However, I think you should consider taking a step back from 3 days a week, for your health and the sake of your lovely family. Maybe consider posting Monday and Thursday. Perhaps you could craft the Monday blog over the weekend. That would give you 3 days to write the Thursday posting. You will not believe how fast this time goes with your precious son! It sounds like you would do well to take a step back and a breather. :)


  3. What is Holly’s take on gun control? Hope she wants to take away the 2nd Amendment or else you will take back your endorsement.

    1. Brenda- I asked you personally to stop leaving these kinds of comments via your email and deleted this comment earlier. Now you came back to post this again. You have a real problem. I am asking again, please find a better use of your time.

      1. That’s pure crazy. I’ll be blocking your commments from now on knowing that you are pretending to be multiple people. I would suggest you use this energy to find some help.

  4. Love these! The colored feet and “pig opera” on Blueprint Store sleigh me! I so appreciate the artists and resources you introduce. I hope “Brenda” up there isn’t the kind of crazy your week has been!
    ( And no need to apologize for this lovely post!)

  5. Thank you Erin, for trying to keep the NRA ‘bots off your site. Since you have so many readers, you’re a tempting target. So not fair.

  6. I love these works and am glad to be introduced to this artist. The crazy, angry posts from Brenda and her ilk are totally inappropriate. She should be posting her opposing opinions on your actual gun related blog posts not on the decor posts. What a troll!

  7. Great post, what beautiful work. I was lucky enough to score some her chicken plates from her collaboration with Anthropologie. They make me happy!

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