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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: abstract painting, illustrator

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Peter Kostoulakos, AOA, NEAA: Fine Art Consultant,

Paul Hollister - artist, author, editor, lecturer, researcher, illustrator, and collector - was born in New York City on September 2, 1918 and died on July 2, 2004. He attended Milton Academy and received his Bachelor of Science degree with a Fine Art major in 1941 from Harvard College. Hollister worked as an editor for Doubleday & Company from 1944 to 1947, and they published his first work of fiction, "Fine Tooth Comb" in 1947. From 1947 to 1950, he did critical and feature writing, instructional pieces, and short stories for the New York University Department of Journalism. He wrote book reviews for the New York Times, the New York Post, and the Manchester Guardian.

Hollister's preferred medium was oil and most of his paintings are signed "Hollister". His early works are either signed with a "P" or "Paul" and the year the piece was created. Some years ago he had his total collection of art professionally inventoried and numbered so each work can be accounted for and authenticated. In addition to the inventory numbers, many of his paintings are also titled and signed on the reverse. His modern, Avant-Garde style, coupled with strong draftsmanship, always has a hint of realism that sets a mood, a location, or a memory. According to Gert Wirth of Ingeborg Gallery in Northfield, MA, Hollister described his work as Abstract Realism influenced by John Marin and Paul Cezanne.

Hollister worked almost exclusively in pastel from 1967 to 1994. Jane S. Spillman of the Corning Museum of Glass, a friend and admirer of Hollister, stated that he worked out of doors creating similar paintings on a smaller scale. Spillman says that as Hollister's writing career took more of his time, he continued to paint, but didn't have as many shows after 1960. He was Artist in Residence at the Eastern Frontier Society in Norton, ME in 2001.

As one of the leading authorities on paperweights, Hollister wrote, edited, and illustrated many pieces on the subject. He became interested in paperweights through his mother and stepfather, J. Cheney Wells, a founder of Old Sturbridge Village. Some of Paul's literary works include: "Fine Tooth Comb, 1947, author and illustrator; "Outstanding French and American Paperweights in the Wells Collection," 1966, author; "New Light on Gilliland, Cambridge and Gillinder Paperweights,"1968; "The Kahila Dig at Mt. Washington, " September, 1972, Antiques Magazine; "Glass America 1990," New York Times, January 4, 1990; "The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights, 1969; and "Illustrated Classics".

He was a member of the American Federation of Arts in NYC; the Silvermine Guild of Artists in New Canaan, CT; the Old Sturbridge Village in MA; the National Early American Glass Club founded in Boston, MA in 1933 and now known as the National American Glass Club; and the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA) in Boston, MA.

Hollister exhibited at the Grand Central Art Gallery, NY, 1947; the ACA Gallery, NY, 1949; the Village Art Club, 1949 and won a prize; the Riverside Museum, NY, in 1951, 1953, and 1954; the Whitney Museum of Art, NYC, 1954; the New York City Center, 1954, 1955, and 1956; the Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CT; the Rosenthal Gallery, 1954, and 1955; the Los Angeles Art Association, 1950; the Fort Worth Art Association, 1950; the Gallery Apollinaire, London, England, 1951, solo; the Montana Museum, 1955; the Panoras Gallery, NY, 1957; the Bergstom Art Center, Neehah, WI, 1976; and the Pastel Society of Toronto, 1987.

Paul Hollister's work is represented in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA; the Montana Museum in Helena; and many private collections.

Sources: Who Was Who in American Art, 1999, page 1598; Davenport's Art Reference 2003/2004, page 950; Gert Wirth, Ingeborg Gallery, Northfield, MA; Jane S. Spillman, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY.

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