Contemporary Art Exhibitions
Derek Holland (1927-2014) - a restless beauty
Plymouth artist Derek Holland, who sadly died last May, is described by former pupil and Turner Prize winning sculptor, Richard Deacon, as “a wonderful painter, whose way of constructing through drawing, de constructing through painting and then reconstructing with colour is completely absorbing.” Derek Holland studied at The Central School of Arts and Crafts in post-war London where he was soon a prize-winner in the prestigious Young Contemporaries, and joined Roger Hilton and Keith Vaughan on The Central School’s staff. He then took up a teaching post in the West Country, where he rejoined Roger and Rose Hilton, and made new friendships with fellow abstract painters and members of the Newlyn Artists’ Society, including Terry Frost and Alex Mackenzie....more
There are 32 images in this exhibition, 14 are illustrated below, please call 01548 831338 for additional information and prices.
Hover over thumbnail for a larger image .
During the 60s and 70s Holland's hard-edge abstraction was regularly exhibited alongside the avant-garde of post-war British and European painting and his ‘Colour Field’ paintings would have surely guaranteed him an established place among his peers of post-war British abstraction. Holland, however, was an artist of a different sensibility and more restless nature. In 1974 he gave up teaching and travelled to France filling countless sketchbooks made on return visits year after year, building up an inexhaustible supply of material to develop his subject matter, back in his studio in Plymouth, into the coastal and rural landscape of France.
Through his mastery of subtle, warm tones, Holland's paintings, like his hero Matisse, achieve a colour-created space, containing a light that radiates from within the painting itself. Over the course of a quarter of a century, his final mature style has developed; the increasingly restless brush marks blending into a sublime radiant harmony. A Restless Beauty - an exhibition of works by Derek Holland is on at the Brownston Gallery from 19th June till 4th July. Private View on Thursday 18th June. Please contact The Brownston Gallery on 01548 831338 to be added to the guest list.