John Holden

Works | Biography
Castle Keep web2013

John Holden was born in 1942. He studied at Medway College of Art and Design 1959 – 1963 and Royal Academy Schools 1963-1966. He has exhibited widely and his work is held in numerous public and private collections.

Artist’s Statement

‘The making of drawings, painted images, is an inherent aspect of my experience of living and has been since childhood; not to make visual images of some sort would be an act of denial of an essential need.

Sources of stimuli are complex, environments some familiar, surreptitiously infiltrate the sub-conscious and provide possible departure points. Notation in some form is on going as is the collection of detritus and the use of the camera. The process of distillation, of eliminating what is irrelevant is a continuous struggle. This sensing of what is authentic is a complex process of statement, erasure, restatement and lengthy contemplation. The sensuality of the paint and colour has grown increasingly important as a result of this methodology. In practice this has evolved through the process of underpainting and layering with washes to help achieve optimum colour values, control and interaction. It allows for greater precision / realisation of ideas. The intention is to imbue my work with a simple authority and beauty that is refreshingly unexpected and at the same time seems familiar.

Paul Klee’s statement, “Art does not portray the visible, it makes things visible” is a wonderful succinct creative maxim.’

Exhibitions

John Holden (b 1942) studied at Medway College of Art & Design (1959-63) and the Royal Academy Schools London (1963-66). He was awarded a sabbatical from John Moores University (1998). Solo shows include ‘ The Liverpool Years’ Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax (1996), Liverpool University Senate House (1997), Bury Art Gallery (1997). Group exhibitions include John Moores, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (1995), Hunting Prizes, London (1996, 98, 99, 2001, 03, 04), Jerwood Drawing Open & Tour 2004/5. Recent shows, John Holden and Paul Mason at Fermyn Woods Contempory Art (2004) and John Holden at the Redbrick Mill, Batley (2004), Discerning Eye, invited 2005; Royal West of England Academy Open Painting (2005); Chichester Painting Open (2005).

 

Red Admiral VI

Oil on canvas. Date 2008

£1600.00
The allotment web 2011

Allotment

Oil on canvas. Date 2011

£1600.00
Castle Keep web2013

Castle Keep

Oil on canvas. Date 2013

£1600.00
Aztec web

Aztec

Oil on canvas. Date 2013.

1600.00
Neon 3 web - 2013

Neon III

Oil on canvas. Date 2013.

£1600.00
The green web 2013

The Green

Oil on canvas. Date 2013

1600.00
The castle 6 web- 2008

Castle VI

Oil on canvas. Date 2008

sold
Redoubt web 2012

Redoubt

Oil on canvas. Date 2012

£650.00
Tilbury Fort web2011-2012

Tilbury Fort

Oil on canvas. Date 2012

£650.00
Left and right web2012

Left and Right

Oil on canvas. Date 2012

£650
Dawn river mist web - 2010

Dawn River Mist

Oil on canvas. Date 2010

£650.00
Tilbury Navigation web 2012

Tilbury Navigation

Oil on canvas. Date 2012

£650.00
Nocturne web

Nocturne

Oil on canvas. Date 2013

£650