PH: Picasso, because I know it would be entertaining and dynamic.
“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward, you can remove all traces of reality.” -Picasso
MULTIPLE PAINTINGS IN PROGRESS IN PETER’S STUDIO
Peter Holden’s constant studio companions Marley and Samba
Sister Corita Kent, artist & educator, created this list as part of a project for a class she taught in 1967-1968. It was subsequently appropriated as the official Art Department rules at the College of LA’s Immaculate Heart Convent.
Peter, with daughter Alicia and studio companions Marley and Samba.
Salt Flats. Peter Holden. Mixed media on canvas. 46 x 54 inches
Why do I love Peter Holden’s work?
There may be no other artist I know, where process is truly everything. Peter loves to paint for the mere act of painting and he will paint on any surface he can get his hands on. He can have multiple pieces going in his studio at once, from very large works to little gems, and each piece goes through an evolution of gestural drawing & painting, compositional changes, color editing, tightening and loosening of line and stroke, each canvas is an experiment of expressive color, form, texture and what I like to call “drippiness.” He is constantly studying and looking at art from the masters of the past to today’s up and coming artists and everyone in between, drawing inspiration and knowledge from all of them. A painting can change drastically from day to day until he deems it finished. There is nothing shy or timid about his work. Peter had a long career as an executive in the music industry in LA and in Europe, but always painted on the side until he decided to change gears, attending UC Santa Barbara, the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze in Italy and completing an MFA in Studio Art from CSU, Los Angeles. I have had the pleasure working with Peter on many commissions including 7 large pieces for the new Chileno Bay Resort and Residences and it was such fun to watch the works evolve, from sketches from his photos of the local landscape to the final drippy, expressive, “fabulousness”, that is his work. And on top of this raw talent, he is also super fun to hang out with!
My favorite piece in the gallery by Peter is called LA POZA. A piece inspired by the estuary in Todos Santos. Love the palette and “drippiness.”
(Can I say drippy one more time?)
La Poza. Peter Holden. Mixed media on canvas. 48 x 60 inches