things are so beautiful and so keenly felt when the light is right
that I want to paint them just the way they are. I am encouraged
to persevere in this quest by the example of past generations of
artists whose works are so true to life and so compelling."
Robert Holden has been painting and drawing since
1978 when he left the field of journalism to study for two years
at the Art Students League of New York. He studied with painters
who embodied the traditions of the League, an artist-run institution
which was founded in 1875 and whose first teachers had studied academic
realism in France or Germany in the late 19th Century and had joined
in the outdoor work of the Realists or the Impressionists. Holden
continues to seek inspiration from the artists of that period and
their immediate descendants who discovered ways to capture a palpable
sense of the real thing on canvas through direct observation
Out of the Studio
Holden is a native of Sherburn, MN. He attended the
University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, graduating with a degree
in journalism and a minor in studio art. The abstract painting being
taught at the time was of only passing interest to him so he found
work as a news reporter and editor for several regional publications
and The Associated Press in New York City before beginning his art
studies in earnest.
In addition to selling paintings through various galleries
over the years, many paintings and drawings by the artist have been
acquired privately by collectors in the United States and abroad.
Early in his painting career he entered a few juried art competitions
and won first-prize at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
in 1983 and third prize for a self portrait in the 1989 portrait
competition sponsored by The Artists Magazine.
"Saturday Models", Solo Exhibit, Chashama
461 Gallery, New York City, March 22-April 8, 2012
An exhibition of nearly 300 oil paintings created over the past
25 years in the Saturday morning class reserved for members of the
Art Students League of New York.
P.H. Miller Gallery, Woodbury, CT: Solo Exhibit, 2005;
two-person shows 1997 and 2001; group shows 1995-2009. Solo Exhibit,
Tobia-Kraa Gallery, Upper Montclair, NJ. Group shows at LichtBlick
Gallery, Malverne, NY; Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York City; The
Art Student Showcase, New York City; South Jersey Artworks, Margate,
NJ; Eileens Gallery of Fine Art, Little Rock, AR, and Paletten
Galleri, Oslo, Norway.