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(Stuart Holman - Six Strings, Detail)

Featured Artist:
Stuart Holman

Exhibit:
September 11 - October 10 2009

General Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday (9:00 - 5:00 PM)
Saturday (10:00 - 4:00 PM)

Opening Reception:
Friday September 11 (5:00 - 8:00 PM)

 

MAGNIFICATIONDISSEMENATION
The Art of Stuart Holman
Local Auctioneer to Show and Tell

Collector's Art Group is offering another eclectic, inspired show in their deceptively stylish gallery on the second floor above Cincinnati Art Galleries, at 225 E. 6th Street, downtown.   The show opens September 11. 

Stuart Holman is well known to Cincinnati collectors as a busy Auctioneer and Appraiser.  He is also an accomplished guitarist and composer and spent a decade as a skilled farrier on the Thoroughbred farms in Lexington, KY.  Most are quite surprised to learn that he is also an artist.

Holman has been chanting his way through Rookwood pottery, sterling silver, fine paintings and furniture for over 15 years in the Cincinnati area.  He has established a loyal following and conducted over 160 auctions of personal property and real estate.  Selling art at auction is a large part of Holman's business, but few know that in his time away from the podium he passionately paints a vision, quite different from the American landscapes and European portraits he offers at auction.

After ten years of quiet work in his studio, Holman has decided to make public this little-known collection of intensely wrought gems.  The artist paints in acrylic on Masonite panels.  The panels become sculptural in some cases, being layered and then painted.  At times the lines their edges create are addressed and almost exaggerated by the artist, other times they are disregarded and the edges disappear.  Working under magnification, Holman produces works which kindle the imagination, jump-start the mind, and demand lengthy examination.  There is plenty to look at here.  A colorist with his own language, Holman’s concentrated images interlock and disconnect as bi-planes, bridges, intertwining moths, Harlequins, elephants, landscapes, bulldozers, skyscrapers, smoke-spitting steel mills and autos fly over and around in bright, tight colors that excite the eye.  There is even a fiddle with a mouse hole, all detailed and finely tuned.  Such fun!  Precision and attention to detail are held in the highest regard.  M. C. Escher would be keen on this show.  There is something compelling about seeing the same complex image repeated, over and over again.  Enjoy this tasty flavor of rich color and image blending from the Arts & Crafts movement, a touch of FLW, Mod Design and some Art Deco.  Holman loves his colors, his whimsy and his meticulous execution.  We do too.

That’s the “Show” part of “Show and Tell.”  The “Tell” part is when the enthusiastic Holman, quiet these past ten years while painting, starts to explain the complex process his works reflect.  The accomplished guitarist may land on a musical anecdote or the journeyman farrier may equate the intricacies of finely detailed brush strokes to leveling the foot of Seattle Slew.   With an exuberance that he finds difficult to reign in, he will begin to explain how one miniscule image morphed into another, how the first paintings took many years to complete and how now he is looking forward to so many more years of painting.

Images from the Exhibit:


Aztec

Aztec

Buddy

Buddy

Fifty Houses

Fifty Houses

Four A&C Panels

Four A&C Panels

Mothcloth

Mothcloth

Relax & Enjoy

Relax & Enjoy

Six Strings

Six Strings

Skyscraper

Skyscraper

Two Moons

Two Moons


-Collector's Art Group: For the Artist's Touch-

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