Holly Fay

About the Artist

Holly Fay earned her Bachelor of Education, Arts Education, at the University of Regina in 1985 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in 1989. In 1994, she received her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Since completing her BFA, Fay has been making and teaching art. Her work continues to explore ideas of place, landscape and representation, and is held in both public and private collections.

Fay lives in Regina, Saskatchewan and is a sessional instructor in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Regina and an instructor at the Neil Balkwill Civic Art Centre.


In a recent exhibition titled, In-Spiral, Fay explored her fascination with the children’s toy known as a spirograph. Fay and others like her who use the spirograph are relying on the math and science of the toy designer to produce the art work. Anyone can generate these predictable geometric designs because they are based on scientific models and patterns. The process allows little room for mistakes, and the human/artist touch is only added through the handling and interruptions to the process. When viewing these images and thinking about the exhibition, it brings to mind ideas related to the interaction, fascination, dependence and sometimes the conflict between man and technology.

spiral designs

Artist Influences
Childhood Art Making
Suggestion of Landscape in Cycles
The Use of Colour in Cycles
Why is the Brush Stroke so Evident?
Why She Called it Cycles
Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning