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Ken Holder

January 19 – February 24

 

This exhibition in the Lower Gallery examines the past seven years of Ken Holder’s artistic development. A native of Texas, Holder uses Texas symbols such as horses, rodeos and cowboys, to emphasize the “myth” of Texas clichés. In this Studios Series, he makes his most personal statement in large autobiographical paintings of his studio in Bloomington, Illinois. These works depict the process of problem-solving that is inherent in making art. Paintings of 1981 and 1982 show Holder moving away from the studio interior, choosing the themes of horse-and-rider and the storm clouds of the southwestern landscape. Later works depict outdoor scenes filled with people, such as audiences at rodeos, including portraits of himself, friends and great artists. Holder’s most recent works explore the grandeur of the landscape, sky and canyons, and the farmlands of peaceful, civilized man. This exhibition is organized by the Cultural Activities Center of Temple, Texas.

 

  • Winter Studio (Texas Hill Country), July 1977. Acrylic on canvas. 90” x 120”.
  • Studio Rodeo #1 (Flying Dreams), July 1978. Acrylic on canvas. 67” x 89”.
  • Bluebonnet Painter’s Blues (Thinking of Hondo), August 1979. Acrylic on canvas. 89” x 141”.
  • Blue Hand Painting (Palo Duro Canyon), July 1980. Acrylic on canvas. 66” x 83”.
  • Studio Rodeo #5, July 1980. Acrylic on canvas. 66” x 83”.
  • Studio Rodeo #6 (Ride an Old Paint), August 1980. Acrylic on canvas. 68” x 90”.
  • The Storm (Desire & Fate), October 1981. Acrylic on canvas. 65” x 91”.
  • Roping (Aspiration & Peril), April 1982. Watercolor. 29 ½” x 41 ½”.
  • Roping Analog (Para Goya), July 1982. Acrylic on canvas. 52” x 68”.
  • Storm Rider, July 1982. Acrylic on canvas. 52” x 68”.
  • Picasso Rodeo #3, March 1983. Charcoal. 23” x 29”.
  • Picasso Rodeo #6, March 1983. Charcoal. 23” x 29”.
  • Constant Rider #5, June 1983. Acrylic on canvas. 32” x 28”.
  • Constant Rider #11, June 1983. Acrylic on canvas. 35” x 27”.
  • Constant Rider #13, June 1983. Acrylic on canvas. 36” x 26”.
  • Constant Rider #14, June 1983. Acrylic on canvas. 36” x 26”.
  • Parody (Still Life), July 1983. Acrylic on canvas. 72” x 64”.
  • Trail Rider, February 1984. Acrylic on canvas. 48” x 72”.
  • Fence Rider (Canadian River Valley) #1, February 1984. Acrylic on canvas. 48” x 72”.
  • Lost in the Canyon #1, March 1984. Acrylic on canvas. 48” x 72”.
  • Rodeo Analog (Para Picasso), March 1984. Watercolor. 29 ½” x 41 ½”.
  • Hill Country Fence Rider #1, March 1984. Acrylic on canvas. 24” x 24”.
  • Hill Country Fence Rider #2, April 1984. Acrylic on canvas. 24” x 24”.
  • Fence Rider (Canadian River Valley) #3, April 1984. Acrylic on canvas. 19” x 28 ½”.
  • Constant Rider #16, June 1984. Acrylic on canvas. 22” x 33”.
  • Constant Rider #17, June 1984. Acrylic on canvas. 40” x 36”.