Diane Holland Art

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Artist's Statement

"Art is a reflection of one's own inner being. It is an expression from the artist that surfaces through the use of subject, form, color and space."

Diane Holland

Diane Holland - San Francisco International Abstract and Impressionist Artist.

Representation with Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art Gallery in Chelsea, New York affords Diane Holland prestigious International recognition.

Exhibitions:
New York, London, Italy, Spain, Belgium, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach (Orange County), California.
Kristal Hart Prime Time TV Show - New York.
Numerous national and international publications and exhibition catalogues.

Museum Exhibitions:
MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art), Barcelona, Spain, April 2019.
Bruges - Oud Sint Jan Museum, Flanders, 2018.

Diane Holland currently resides in San Francisco, California.
Her paintings are exhibited worldwide, and she has been selected for international prizes and awards in the USA, Italy, London, Bruges and Spain. As well, her works are held in many private collections. Her most recent exhibit was in the MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art), Barcelona, Spain, 2019, for the Barcelona Bienal de Arte.
Her primary medium is oil on canvas, although she uses a variety of mixed media and forms to explore mood, vision and ideas. Her unlimited use of space and line, coupled with her bold textures and colors, clearly represent a passion for abstract designs, and her goal is to dramatically exert strength, spirituality, liveliness and beauty.
Antonio Malmo, International Art Critic and Modern Art Expert, writes graciously: "Diane Holland's art is a composite of geometric figures between creative silences and infinite shapes. Her pictorial world develops in a heterogeneous search of forms, colors and spaces endowed with poetic spirituality and artistic experience".


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IN CONVERSATION WITH DIANE HOLLAND, SF INTERNATIONAL ARTIST
Artist of the "MONA LISA VARIATIONS" Collection

"I take over the dining room table with my collage pieces, paints and fabrics. I like the sound of the TV and the surround of the kitchen and family. I like the dog underfoot.

I start with a blank canvas, 14" x 18" or 24" x 30". I enjoy the possibilities of the blank canvas. The 16th Century iconic Mona Lisa has been confined to a dark frame for seven hundred years. This enigmatic, confident young woman is now free with me to explore the modern world--to try all the looks and styles and experiences she desires. She is now truly liberated.

I begin to experiment with different hair styles, colors, different clothes, different poses, until another variation emerges. I apply MAC makeup to her face and lips and eyes.  No portrait is done until the very last piece of collage goes down, and the last brush stroke and color is applied. Then, immediately, Mona Lisa's restless spirt commands that something new be born.

I often work on two or three canvases at a time.  I have no preconception about the outcomes.
I add and subtract.
I change.
The variations are endless.

I have recently begun to explore a completed canvas with a camera, looking at positions of the face, and altering the structure with angles and colors.  This excites me, and fascinates Mona Lisa.
The variations are endless.

I work in sort of a trance. Looking back at many of the pieces, I can't describe the how and why. This leads to a double blessing: I am proud, as the artist, of this collection. And I am delighted, as a visitor, who comes upon this work for the very first time."

Diane Holland, SF Int'l Artist, San Francisco, California, USA

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Fish Media Group's "The Life Magazines", 2022

1/1/2022

"Mona Lisa Variations" advertising appears in all 12 Fish Media Group's Magazines, The Luxury Life Magazines, throughout the year. Many are full-page ads on the back covers.

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Fish Media Group's "The Life Magazines", 2022

2/2/2022

Appearing in all 12 Fish Media Group's Magazines, The Life Magazines. This full-page image of "Mona Lisa Variations" #03, is from the back page cover: Fulham Life, Issue 127, February 2022.

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Fish Media Group's "The Life Magazines", 2022

3/4/2022

Appearing in all 12 Fish Media Group's Magazines: The Life Magazines. This full-page image of "Mona Lisa Variations" #07, is the back page cover, March 2022, Battersea Life.

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Conde Nast House & Garden, 2022

1/6/2022

"Exuberant" is featured as #48 in The Art Edit... section of the magazine, on page 180, with the following copy: DIANE HOLLAND, SF INTERNATIONAL MODERN ARTIST "creates a composite of geometric figures between creative silences and infinite shapes in a heterogeneous search of forms, colours, and spaces." (Antonio Malmo, International Modern Art Expert). Pictured is "Exuberant", 48"x48". Visit www.dianehollandart.com and follow @dianehollandart.com on Instagram.

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Conde Nast House & Garden, 2022

2/6/2022

"Mona Lisa Variations" #03 is featured as #20, page 140, in The Art Edit... section of the magazine.

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Conde Nast Traveller, 2022

3/26/2022

"Mona Lisa Variations" #03 is in the Luxury Gift Guide of Conde Nast Traveller, 2022. It is #12, page 146, with the following copy: "DIANE HOLLAND, SF INT'L ARTIST: In her award-winning Mona Lisa Variations #03, she liberates the iconic 16th century Mona Lisa from her confinement, into a joyous, unique, modern portrait. Impress your guests with this compelling art, collected worldwide. Shop prints, posters, mugs and more at www.dianehollandart.com and follow @dianehollandart on Instagram."

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Bienal de Arte - MEAM -European Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain, 2019

This event was held at the prestigious European Museum of Modern Art, in Barcelona, Spain, April 2019. The MEAM is adjacent to the famous Picasso Museum in the Gothic quarters. Diane Holland displayed acrylic art canvasses, and received the International Velazquez Prize awarded to selected artists from all over the world.

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Artavita.com Virtual Exhibition

Selected Finalist (one of 57) out of thousands of worldwide entrants. This show was online December 2021-January 2022. The awarded picture is "Mona Lisa Variations #21", a mixed media collage, one in a series, which seeks to liberate the iconic 16th century Mona Lisa from her dark confinement and allows her to be free to explore the modern world--to try all the looks and styles and experiences she desires. This is a joyous, unique, modern and intimate portrait.

Krystal Hart New York TV show - video interviews with Diane Holland, recorded during exhibitions at the Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art Gallery, NY, USA

Featured artist in several installments of The Krystal Hart TV show, long-running in NY and concentrating on the NY art scene.

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New York City Video Exhibition at the White Space Chelsea Gallery, NY, USA. October 2020

Selected Artist, awarded the International Prize, New York, for "Mona Lisa Variations #01", the first in my Mona Lisa series to explore a modernization and liberalization of the 700-year-old Mons Lisa.

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Biennale della Nazioni - Misericordia Palace - Venice, Italy 2018

This event was held at the Misericordia Palace, Venice. International artists displayed all mediums of paintings and sculptures. Diane Holland was selected among the invited artists to receive the Tiziano Award of Excellence.

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Exhibitions at Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, NY, 2008-2018

Invited representation and presentations at the prestigious Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art Gallery, Chelsea, NY. Video interviews and paintings are featured on the Kristal Hart Show in New York.

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1st Art Palermo International Biennale - Video Exhibition

Selected Artist featured in this video exhibition--and exhibition catalogue--at the Palermo Gallery, Sicily, September 2021.

Don't STOP to LIVE: Video and Catalogue, May 2020

Video and Publication Art Project of the MAMAG Modern Art Museum, the MOCAMAG Museum, and PAKS Gallery. Selected artists participate in uplifting display of optimism during the Pandemic of Covid 19.

International Biennal of Flanders, in Bruges, 2018

Selected paintings exhibited at the International Biennal of Contemporary Art in Flanders, at the Oud Sint Jan Museum, November, 2018.

Masters of Today Contemporary Artists' Showcase, 2015

World of Art Collective Art Book Series, "Masters of Today", London, 2015. Hard cover and on-line gallery.

ARTworkSF 2005-2011.

Artwork continuously displayed at San Francisco and Bay Area spaces, and on permanent exhibition at selected ARTworkSF venues. 2005-2011.

Somar Gallery, San Francisco

Curated exhibitions of paintings displayed at Somar Gallery and McKesson Corporation buildings, San Francisco, 2006

Bistango Exhibition, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California

Special invitation to the "Spring Art Exhibit", curated by Studio Gallery, in collaboration with Laguna Beach Little Gallery. 2005

Open Studios @ Hotel Cosmo, 2003

A collection of invited artists at Hotel Cosmo, San Francisco, 2003

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Display at the Cultural Association of Friends of the Square, Milan Italy.

Invited to display paintings and prints in Milan, Italy, 2015-Present. Works curated by Gennaro Montanaro, President of the Cultural Association of Friends of the Square, Milan.

Van Den Berge Gallery

Co-owner and curator of the Van Den Berge Gallery in North Beach, San Francisco, from 2000-2005. Group shows and individual artists displayed, including art series from Diane Holland. Other exhibitions included famous paintings from the 60's in San Francisco.

UNITED KINGDOM EXHIBITIONS

The Old Fire Station, Chelmsford, UK. 2003

The Sheridan Russell Gallery, Central London. 2004

Gallery 47, Central London. 2004

The Lennox Gallery, Chelsea, UK. 2004

Artworks are collected nationally and internationally in private collections

Artavita.com on-line Art Contest.  Displayed on-line December 2021-January 2022.

Artavita.com on-line Art Contest. Displayed on-line December 2021-January 2022.

"Mona Lisa Variations #21". Mixed Media Collage on Canvas. Selected as contest finalist (along with 57 artists), out of thousands of international entrants.

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Ambassador of Art 2021, International Prize.

Ambassador of Art 2021, International Prize.

Mona Lisa Variations #03. Mixed Media Collage on Canvas. Awarded Artist: "To the Artist Diane Holland, USA, for having contributed with your work, to the development of contemporary art in the world." Presented by Salvatore Russo and Francesco Saverio Russo, 2021.

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Dante Alighieri International Prize

Dante Alighieri International Prize

"Mona Lisa Variations #05". Mixed Media Collage on Canvas. Selected Artist for award and inclusion in exhibition catalogue.

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1st Art Palermo International Biennale

1st Art Palermo International Biennale

"Mona Lisa Variations #01." Award reads: "To the Artist Diane Holland for Stylistic Value." Palermo, Sicily. September 2021

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Artist of the Year 2019

Artist of the Year 2019

Mantova, Italy, at the Theatre Sociale, June 9, 2019

50 Artists to Invest In

50 Artists to Invest In

Guide to investing in Art 2021. Selected Artist for inclusion in exhibition and catalogue. Art Now Media. Palermo, Sicily. July 2021.

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Giotto International Prize

Giotto International Prize

"Half Moon". Acrylic on Canvas. One in a series of three in the Moon Series. Giotto International Prize awarded "For Stylistic Value", 2019, Milan, Italy

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The Great Masters of Contemporary Art

The Great Masters of Contemporary Art

"Whitelight." Acrylic Painting on Canvas. Selected Artist. Selected for cover of catalogue of show. October, 2020.

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Art Now:  Art Universal, The Great Encyclopedia of International Art

Art Now: Art Universal, The Great Encyclopedia of International Art

Palermo, Italy, June 2020 and July 2021.. Paintings ("Many Moons" Acrylic Painting on Canvas) and "Mona Lisa Variations #07", mixed media collage on canvas, printed in the Great Encyclopedia of International Art.

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International Prize Velazquez, Barcelona, Spain.  MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art), Barcelona 2019

International Prize Velazquez, Barcelona, Spain. MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art), Barcelona 2019

Awarded International Prize Velazquez-ceremony at the MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art), April 6th, 2019

World of Art Publications. Issue 11, 2021. London

Featuring the MUSEO DEL PRADO, GUGGENHEIM, NYC, the MoMA NYC and the SHANGHAI BIENNALE. Invited artist. "Mona Lisa Variations #01". Mixed Media Collage on Canvas. 14 x 18" Publisher: Petru A Rusu.

World of Art Publications. Issue 10, Volume 1, 2020. London

This Edition features the GUGGENHEIM, NYC and the 11.BERLIN BIENNALE. Invited artist. Two full pages, 106 and 107, plus editorial. 106 - "Half Moon", Acrylic on Canvas, 40 x 30". 107 - "Mona Lisa Variations #01". Mixed Media Collage on Canvas. 14 x 18" Publisher: Petru A Rusu.

World of Art Publications. Issue 9, Volume 1, 2020. London

Click above ^ to view the digital edition of this magazine. This edition features exhibitions at MoMA NYC. Invited Artist. Full page display: "White Light" acrylic painting. Diane Holland, (Print edition-page 119. Digital edition page 121) Publisher: Petru A Rusu

The Great Masters of Contemporary Art

Featured on cover of The Great Masters of Contemporary Art catalogue. Art Now 2020, Italy.

THE BEST 2021 Modern and Contemporary ARTISTS

Invited artist. Published "Mona Lisa Variations #01". Curated by Salvatore Russo and Francesco Saverio Russo. 2021

Blouin ArtInfo.com. Modern Painters. USA

June 13, 2013. "Exploration in Color". 20 x 20". Oil on Canvas.

 Living Artists, California. USA

Several earlier abstract painting series featured.

50 Artists to Invest In. 2021. Art Now Media

Featuring "Mona Lisa Variations #03". Mixed Media Collage on Canvas. 14 x 18".

Venezia Art Expo - Exhibition of Nations - 2018. Italy

Featuring "Figs and Melon." Oil on canvas. Featured as well in Exhibition Catalogue. The editor-in-chief Salvatore Russo, writes: "Exhibiting in Venice represents the dream, not so secret, of all the artists in the world."

2022 ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURAL AMICI Del QUADRATO MILANO.

Invited Artist. Exhibitions curated by Gennaro Montanaro. Featuring three of the many "Mona Lisa Variations". #01, #03, #07. Mixed Media Collages on Canvas

Art Universal, The Great Encyclopedia of International Art. Art Now Media. 2021

Invited Artist. Featured: "Mana Lisa Variations #07". Mixed Media Collage on Canvas.

Artisti Internazionali d'Arte Contemporanea, 2020, 2017, 2013. Italy

"Diane Holland is an innovative member of the world of abstraction. Ms. Holland creates works that are inspirational and uplifting...A composite of geometrical figures between mysterious silences and infinite shapes.'

 Art Acquisitor Magazine. New York, USA

Published by Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art Gallery

 Art Now: International Prize - Artist of the Year 2019. Italy

"Artist of the Year 2019" paintings featured in Catalogue.

Aristi '19: Yearbook of International Contemporary Art

Invited to display in this prestigious publication of International Contemporary Art, 2019.

"Museum" - World of Art Publications. London

Contemporary Artists' Showcases. Masters of Today Collective Art Books Series. Hard cover edition. 18-page spread, featuring paintings of "Sun" series, "Exuberant", "Barn" series, "Black Arrow", "Exploration in Color", "Metamorphous" series, "To the Millennium", "La Belle Trio", "Ninth Woman", "Lines of Illusion", "Mystic Encounter", "Rhythm Exploration" series, "Live Connection", "Moon" series, "Between the Blinds"'. Extensive quoting of praiseworthy critique of Diane Holland's art by Antonio Malmo, Expert in Modern Art. Petru A Russu, Editor/Publisher. London

 Gallery Gide New York, 2007-2017

International Prize - Raffaello. Italy

Paintings are featured in Catalogue of art exhibition and awards. Event held at Gnudi Palace, Bologna, Italy. May 2018. Featuring "Whitelight". Acrylic on Canvas. (One of three in the "Sun" Series).

 Modern Painters - Art, Architecture, Design, Performance, Film. 2014 - 2017. USA

Spotlight - Contemporary Art Magazine. 2018. France

Selected Artist. "Many Moons", Acrylic Painting on Canvas. One of three in the Moon Series, "Many Moons", "Half Moon", "Blue Moon". Published by Circle Foundation for the Arts Press, France.

 Art in America International Review. 2007-2017

3rd Bienal De Arte Barcelona. Painting - Sculpture - Photography. Spain

Featured, along with selected International artists, in this Biennial catalogue of Painting, Sculpture, Photography. The event was held at the MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art), Barcelona, Spain, April 2019.

 Dizionario Enciclopedico Internazional D'Arte Modern e Contemporanea. 2004/2005. Italy

Arte EuroAmerico. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Susana D"Momo, Editor: "Art is the ecstasy of the human being".

The International Prize of Nations - Tribute to Tiziano. 2019 Venice, Italy

"Figs and Melon" featured in show, and in "Art International" Catalogue, the show catalogue for the International Prize of Nations- Tribute to Tiziano, Venice, Italy. Scuola Grande Della Misericordia, Venice, Italy. March, 2018. One of three paintings in the series: "Figs and Melon", "Chocolate Sunday", "Jarlsberg Party".

 International Dictionary of Art. Volume 1. World Wide Art Books. USA

Art International Contemporary Magazine. 2018-2021

November/December 2021. Features "Mona Lisa Variations #03". Mixed Media Collage on Canvas. September/October 2021. "Mona Lisa Variations #01". Mixed Media Collage on Canvas. May/June 2021. "Mona Lisa Variations #03". Mixed Media Collage on Canvas. July/August 2020. "Colors". Oil Painting on Canvas. September/October 2019. "Sunstreaks". Acrylic on Canvas. (One of three paintings in the Sun series). July/August 2019. "Whitelight". Acrylic on Canvas. (One of three paintings in the Sun series). May/June 2019. "Mystic Encounter". Oil on Canvas. June 2018. April 2018. February 2018.

International Prize - Caravaggio. Italy

Featured in show and show Catalogue. "Live Connection". Acrylic on Canvas. Awards and art show in Milan, Italy, December 2018, at the Theatre Litta, Milan.

 100 Contemporary Artists. Published by World of Art Magazine. London

 The Best Modern & Contemporary Artists - 2018. Italy

Featured in art show Catalogue.

Album Aspetti Dell 'Arte. Milan, Italy.

Special Edition: Expo 2015.

2nd International Prize - "Leonardo Da Vinci, the Universal Artist". Italy

Paintings featured in Catalogue of: " Tribute to Leonardo Da Vinci, the Universal Artist". Art show and awards January 2018, at the Borghese Palace, Florence, Italy.

 Colemetric Arte. Milan, Italy

Featured Artist. Exploring "Sun" and "Moon" paintings' series.

International Prize - Giulio Cesare. Italy

Featured in show Catalogue: "Half Moon". Oil on Canvas. One of three in "Moon Series". "Half Moon", "Many Moons", "Blue Moon".

 "Famous". Published by World of Art Magazine. London

Featured in publication.

 Art Now: "Michelangelo - Premio Internazionale Michelangelo". Italy

Featured in Art Now and in art show Catalogue. Events held in Rome, Italy, July 2019.

Impronta Creativa, March 2020

'Exuberant' included in the Art Gallery exhibition, in Milan, Italy, March 9-29, 2020, and included in the magazine for the exhibit.

Spotlight Contemporary ART Magazine, France. Issue 8, 2016

'Many Moons' Acrylic on Canvas, 40" x 30". Selected and featured in this French publication, by Circle for the Arts Press.

Art Universal. The Great Encyclopedia of International Art. 2020.

Invited Artist. Featured: "Many Moons". Acrylic Painting on Canvas.

 ANTONIO MALMO, International Art Critic, Expert in Modern Art. Critique for Diane Holland, Artist. Antonio Malmo (Translated from Italian): In the international context of the figurative arts, we noticed that during the last 60 years, artists' works are lacking some valid themes which introduce some interesting problems surrounding their inspiration, their fantasy and their creativity. However, I found very valid and unique qualities while exploring the culture of the American painter Diane Holland, and for this reason I'm very happy to write some critical notes about her personality and about the excellent quality of her artworks. Hers is a natural force, a variegated capacity to receive in her spirit the immensity of the versatile human experience!!! As we can note, her pictorial world develops in a heterogeneous search of form and of colors, of spaces and geometrical figures between mysterious silences and infinite spaces. Diane Holland has energy, imagination, vitality, creative power and expressive strength in the unity of pure emotion, shrewdly and sincerely painted on the canvas with innermost sharing. The serenity of the spirit is very important for this painter. Diane Holland studied and assimilated the art of the past, and all of the twentieth century that we leave behind, on our shoulders. She surpassed all this gold thread, as an original voice in the sea of the experience of life, on which her work sails, loaded with charming mystery in the vanished atmospheres of solar time, the splendor of a symbiosis where she knows to include her voice. Storyteller of colors, the artist speaks, and tells with her vital rhythm of her worries, of her joys, and of her emotions, felt in the instant of inspiration. And her language, very mobile, does not have frontiers...so that the acquired picture connects -in the abstract/geometric current - with signs, symbols and codes, very personal, inspiring herself to innovation. This is a conversation, composed with the language of the artist, with her internal worries, with her own label of "pictorial current", which can't be limited, because she is dynamic in her paintings, which changes by her life, and is a way to create a personal chromatic dictionary, with power, with energy - conversations which are basically Neo-Romantic. The painter is sincere, genuine, authentic and spontaneous. She observes the reality around and strains the humors and welcomes the expectations and the expectancies with an expressive power of humanity, which she transports and carries to the canvas. Also, the colors, vibrating, ringing, luminous, have a remarkable importance because, again, we celebrate her simplicity, her spiritual wealth, her soul's force, her humanity's energy, her positiveness. The dramatic strength of the human experience, the vision of the surrounding environment, the beauty of the universe in her compositions seem to lose their dimension, their reality, and they develop into extraordinary abstract-geometric compositions, singular, unique, between signs and symbols, which clear up wonderfully the meaning and the message of the work. In my opinion, we must put in evidence that Diane Holland expresses through her painting, as well as her intention, to live in a world and human condition where it is still possible to have a dialogue between men, and where the human being can again try to laugh, to joke and to be enchanted by the sunset, far away from the pollution and from the incessant run to consumer goods and to social escalation. For this reason, we can affirm that the artist is rich in warm accents of lyric poetry, tools of the spirit, which ravish us all. Diane Holland can re-create her spiritual world on the canvas - with thousands of psychological nuances - her perturbations of woman, of artist, using a valuable harmony of signs and colors among images which contain profound meanings. Guising, dynamic, lively her spirituality!!! Her artistic personality is no doubt very living, remarkable, efficacious, modern, and openly participating with the thousand problems and at the learning themes of our times. We must agree that her creed in the art surmounts every frontier and every barrier of currents and of styles of the present and of the past, and wakes oneself in virtue of a creative strength, particularly fertile and singular in the modules and in the models. I could list all the wonderful works of Diane Holland. I cannot. I'll list only some, just at random: "Mystic Encounter"', "Dynamic", "Live Connection", "The Ninth Woman", "Exuberant", "Abstract Rhythm", "Lines of Illusion", "Time Exploration", "Midnight Splash", all of which in my opinion represent the marvelous synthesis of her human qualities and of her irresistible expressive capacities. We've noticed these have dynamic propulsive energy, which involve the intricate soul's conditions, and which treat the hidden twists and turns of her spirituality, all which the artist has explored through her paintings, visible beside the variegated images of the nature of contemporary society, with an attentive analysis of the anxieties and dreads of varied nature experienced by contemporary man, through an expressiveness always to the badge of originality and to the idea's singularity, to the propositions, thoughts, programs, technical and practical answers always brilliantly solved thanks to her vitality, to her spiritual energy, to her positive creed in life and in art. I can say that in her painting the colors' brilliance mirror the faith's sense in society and in life itself. When Diane Holland is in a more tranquil psychological condition, when life's circumstances of every day offer to her some instance of spiritual peace, the atmospheres of her compositions acquire some chromatic and graphic valences, which are very dear and appreciated by the impressionist painters. The stroke of the brush becomes sweet, delicate and brief, and a halo of mystery and of mysterious charm winds all the way through the context of the canvas. With her velvet stroke, she renders particularly suggestive nuances of colors. The sign is less incisive, the outlines of the painted objects assume some aerial, ethereal valences of extraordinary chromatic charm. In my opinion, of her very notable qualities, purely pictorial, what is particularly noteworthy are the spatial powers and the liberty to interact, sign and use colors to obtain her art works. All this, at the very least, does not begin to embrace a discussion of the oneness of her style, because her palette is very moved and variegated, and her extreme sensibility and her expressive strength are exceptional, and the painter is able to express herself with different rhythms and timbers of varied intensity. I do not like to be wrong, and I affirm that Diane Holland has undoubtedly natural endowments which are aligned with the times and with the figurative arts. I affirm that the artist has deserved the flattery which consents from the public and from the criticism in the past. In conclusion, in my opinion, Diane Holland is a woman of great personality, endowed with poetical spirituality and with notable artistic experience, at this, the beginnings of the third Millennium. AD MELIORA!!! With esteem, ANTONIO MALMO, Critico-Experto d'arte Moderna" photo: Diane Holland"

Antonio Malmo, Expert in Modern Art, International Art Critic, Accademia Di FirenzaInternational Art Critic

 PRESS RELEASE: Diane Holland at: AMSTERDAM WHITNEY INTERNATIONAL FINE ART GALLERY, Chelsea, New York: Ruthie Tucker, Executive Director, Curator: Contemporary California painter DIANE HOLLAND's incandescent, abstract canvas paintings are spectral optical projections which ignite human consciousness into thoughtful contemplation of universal desires, emotions and experiences. Entering the glimmering world of Diane Holland's intriguing artistic visions, one finds a horizon sparked by rich hue, magnetic texture and visceral mood. The illuminated fluidity of her expressionistic work alluringly reveals personal and subjective emotional reactions, providing her audience with a window into the complexity of her poetic ideas and intelligence." photo: Diane Holland"

Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art Gallery, Chelsea, New York

 PRESS RELEASE: Diane Holland, at: AMSTERDAM WHITNEY INTERNATIONAL FINE ART GALLERY, Chelsea, New York: Ruthie Tucker, Executive Director, Curator: "FROM HERE TO INFINITY" April 10 - May 5 Piet Mondrian once stated: "The truly modern artist is aware of abstraction in an emotion of beauty." Contemporary artist Diane Holland's oeuvre of compelling abstract paintings exemplifies this statement, capturing the "emotional beauty" through the use of geometric forms, robust color and powerful lines. Ms. Holland's artwork is evocative of the "De Stijl" or Neoplasticism style of Piet Mondrian, which sought to convey the ideal symmetry and purity through art, and which is characterized by primary colors, bold lines and geometric composition. Moreover, Ms. Holland's artwork adopts the "De Stijl" aesthetic, yet is infused with an individual, dynamic energy, culminating in charismatic and wholly innovative canvases. Ms. Holland's paintings have the essence of a superb jazz melody. Her lines and forms begin straight and steady, then "rift" into spontaneous curves, twists and abrupt drops--like the soothing yet improvisational sounds of jazz. Round shapes with curling tail-like appendages appear like musical notes; the extended "tails" spiral throughout the space in an organic manner, reminiscent of the curvilinear forms of the Art Nouveau architecture and design. These "note" like elements are set against the backdrop of vivid primary-colored shapes, in hues such as lemon yellow, cherry red and royal navy blue. The use of many geometric forms--juxtaposed with one another--engenders a sensation of rhythm pulsating through the canvas. Ms. Holland often utilizes a prominent black backdrop of paint, which accentuates the primary colors' vibrancy. Mr. Antonio Malmo, Critico-Experto d'Arte Moderna at the Accademia Di Firenze in Italy, describes Ms. Holland's art as a "natural force", intending to lead the viewer into "a different world and human condition where it is still possible to have the dialogue between men and where the human being can try to laugh, to joke and to be enchanted...away from the pollution." Hence, the purity and the "joie de vivre" of Ms. Holland's art embodies a Utopian hope which is communicated by means of the canvas for the viewer to be able, if only for a short while, to exist in a purely positive space. Ms. Holland's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, London, Spain and Italy. Ms. Holland has recently been given the honorable appointment of Knighthood by the Ordine Academico Internazionale in Italy. Amsterdam Whitney is proud to shine a spotlight on her work."