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Artist Studio: Erik John Holland


Erik John Holland
17 South Virginia #205
Reno, NV  
Phone: 775-322-3582
hollandrenoartist.com


Born: 1958 (Detroit)

Lived/Active: Nevada/Alaska

Profession(s): Painter

Known for: Landscape, Cityscape/buildings

Style(s): Impressionist, Figuration, Expressionist

Medium(s): Oil, Acrylic, Ink

Price Information as of 05/03/2013:
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Artist Biography:
Erik Holland was born in Detroit in 1958. He started drawing and painting at an early age.  Growing up in Chicago, he developed a love of architecture...but standing on El platforms where he could look out over the city, he fell in love with the big Midwestern sky as well.  He looked at maps and dreamed of the empty spaces...the Great Basin of the West, the Yukon territory up north, and the Amazon jungle down south. At the time of this writing, he has been lucky enough to have lived in the wilderness of Alaska and in Reno at present, at the western edge of the Great Basin. In his thirties, Holland began painting murals in Fairbanks Alaska.  After a move to Reno, NV in 1999, Holland began to have a solo show every year.  in 2010, Holland began to have shows in musuems.

Holland is also very politically active, has run for office three times, and draws political cartoons. His first cartoon book was published with a grant from the Nevada Arts Council in 2012.  Holland loves to have themed shows. Some recurring themes are "One Square Mile", in which Holland takes a close look at the area close to his home in the Riverside Artist's lofts in downtown Reno. He'd like to expand this concept to other cities.  Another favorite is Peaked Again in Nevada, in which Holland chooses ten new peaks a year to spotlight. He has had four "America's Outback" shows as well, celebrating the Great Basin area in which he lives.

Studied:
Chicago Academy of Art, Chicago 1978-1979

Art Students League of NY 1981-1983

San Francisco Academy of Art, 1990

Jean LeGassick, 2007-2009


Museums:
Nevada Historical Society, Reno, Nevada


Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
2010 Nevada Historical Society solo

2011 Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest CA solo

2013 Nevada Historical Society, Reno. Solo

2013 St Mary's Art Center, Virginia City, NV solo

Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
Great Basin Gallery Nevada Expression Group

2012 Duncan Little Creek Gallery, Elko NV solo

2012 Artist's Coop of Reno solo

2011 Ryrie's Art and Home, Reno solo

2010 Artists Coop of Reno solo

2011 Hobson Gallery 5th Annual Winnemucca Ranch show group

Memberships:
Artists Coop of Reno 2005-

Nevada Art Association, 2005-2009
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Latimer Art Club, 2010-present

Magazine and Newspaper References:
2012 Plein Air Magazine Immersing ones self in the subject matter

Reno Gazette Journal 2013 Paintings capture artistry of DeLongchamps architecture

2011 Ridgecrest Daily Independent Holland Paintings of Highway 50 go on display at Sylvia Winslow

2007 Sparks Tribune Painting to Preserve

2012 Elko Daily Free Press American Outback show at LittleCreek gallery

Dealers or Representatives:
Ryrie's Art and Home, Reno

Artist's Coop of Reno, Reno

New Zone Gallery, Eugene, OR

Great Basin Gallery, Carson City, NV

Vigil's Collection, Nevada City, CA

Markleville
Art and Soul, Markleville, CA

Duncan Little Creek Gallery, Elko NV

Artist Statement:

I just love to paint!  I feel more ground when I paint, I just feel happy!  I  am heavily influenced by Edward Hopper, the Hudson River school of painters, Maynard Dixon, and have studied with Jean LeGassick of Silver City, NV.  I love both plein air painting, then taking home the inspiration and refining it in the studio.  Every now and then, I will do a "historical painting"  One of my favorite paintings of all time is my Cesar Chavez Long March.  I am almost finished with "Singing in the Cottonfield", my Juneteenth painting. There is  no better feeling for me, than when I am in the field, the weather is ok, and the paint is flowing!

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