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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/Florida      Known for: landscape painting, graphic design, advertising art

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Biography from Quidley & Company:
Jim Holland was born in Schenectady, NY in 1955.   His attraction to places close to the water may have begun with childhood vacations to the Adirondack Mountain lakes. While still young, Holland moved to the Florida coast, and in the summer of 1978, vacationed on Cape Cod.  Since then the Atlantic coast has been at the center of his work.  He was drawn to Cape Cod for its beautiful light.

Holland was always interested in art and took up photography in High School. He studied painting while earning a degree in graphic design in 1979.   During road trips to the Cape with college friends, Jim began to develop his style of stripped down tranquil scenes.  He spent his free time painting during his 15 year career in advertising and graphic design. He has been painting full-time since 1995.

Holland is known for capturing the soft magical light that has drawn so many visitors and artists to Cape Cod and the Islands.   His work portrays scenes and subjects that are unique and represent a specific moment, yet his images are intended to be timeless and universal in their appeal.  Holland removes unnecessary details and distraction from his subjects and reduces them to their essence.

Inspired by great American painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967), Holland’s paintings often center around elements of the human experience and rarely have people in the paintings.  The works have design elements, reflecting the artist's training and interest in that area.  He says: “I’ll spend hours mixing paints on my palette and establishing an overall color and tonal scheme.  Sometimes I feel I am more aptly called a colorist rather than a painter.”

The enduring themes in Holland’s paintings are the light and space near the ocean. “It’s an expansive and peaceful place to me. The colors can be brilliant or nearly monochromatic. A beached catboat or light slanting on clapboards and through windows, these are simple forms I find endlessly fascinating in how different light affects the mood.”

Holland’s approach to painting has been influenced by Edward Hopper, photorealism, and other coastal artists.  His work has been exhibited throughout the Northeast in various one-person and group shows, and is included in numerous private and institutional collections in the United States and Europe.


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