Laurel Holloman, an underrated artist whom you wish you knew earlier

Laurel Holloman, an underrated artist whom you wish you knew earlier

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Laurel Holloman is an American artist who is proficient in applying color techniques. Her works show a combination of professional training, a poetic dimension and an aptitude for communicative transmission. In her works she uses colors and light obtained by brush strokes , showing a progression in execution that ranges easily over a wild variety of nuances and sensations. The game of color takes us to the threshold of perceiving forms and figures that seems far away, the present and the past emerge gradually, it is the natural territory of emotions. In Laurel Holloman’s works, there is no dissonance, yet everything is hazy and everything is in movement, as if there is always two different souls making constant contact. In her combination of pictorial principles,  she is inspired by romanticism, surrealism and color field painting. Her works guide the viewers to float in their own pictorial spaces, allow the viewers to see original expression of emotions.

Everglow, was Holloman’s solo show in Amsterdam, while the abstract hint at the elementary imagery in the Fifth Element show, the newer Everglow paintings capture actual images of nature, woods, plants, animals, in their natural living environment. There is also an Everglow series of back paneled  LEDs


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In Holloman’s interview after the Everglow show she said: “This series of  representative of our current global warming issues. Each piece is a combination of ice and fire, representing the inevitable melting we have witnessed in our farthest reaching climates.”


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Fertile Ground, a collection of oil on canvas, continuing Laurel Holloman’s favorite theme of nature, Everglow,by exploring the world of flora, from tight abstracted micro images of flowers to posed portraits of the different stages of blooming. As usual, she uses bold and rich colors, which when zoomed  upon and abstracted, the colors used are well balanced.. The image shown above is one of my favorite works from Fertile Ground. Orchids are the most sexual and provocative flower,  masculine and feminine at the same time.

This summer I was lucky to see her Fertile Ground exhibition in London, Bankside Gallery.

Fertile Ground is definitely one of the best art solo exhibitions I've ever been to. I have seen the the artworks in digital form, but it is only when I walked up to the actual enormous paintings that I realised the beauty cannot be described.

Her artistic works have the most calming effect on me, yet they seem so  energetic. What's not to love?

 

 

Sihan Ma

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