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 Donald Holden  (1931 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: atmospheric watercolor landscape and skyscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Donald Holden was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1931.  Holden studied at the Art Students League in New York City and earned his BA at Columbia University and MA at Ohio State University.  He was elected to the National Academy in 1994. 

Works held: Art Students League (New York City); British Museum; Corcoran Gallery (Washington, DC); Georgia Museum (Athens); Hickory (NC) Museum; Metropolitan Museum; Nationald Academy of Design; Philadelphia Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum (London).
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Biography from The Cheryl Newby Gallery:
Born: Los Angeles, CA 1931

1947- Art Students League of New York
1951- BA Columbia University
1952- MA Ohio State University
1986- Honorary Doctorate Maine College of Art
1994 -elected to National Academy

Honors and Awards:
Florsheim Art Fund grant, 1999
Adolph & Clara Obrig Prize, National Academy of Design 176th Annual Exhibition, 2001

"Less is more" is a concept that permeates Donald Holden's watercolors.

Color range, format, and subject matter are deliberately understated. His atmospheric watercolors are completed in the mind of the viewer.  All of this contributes to what the artist calls a "distillation of vision".  Holden prefers to work on a small, intimate scale.  He believes that this format brings the viewer into a direct and intense relationship with the painting. "It's more than meets the eye," says Holden.

Holden's spiritual mentors are the 15th century Japanese master, Sesshe, J.M.W. Turner, and James McNeill Whistler.

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