Diane Holland Art

San Francisco International Abstract and Impressionist Artist

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

About


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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Exhibitions


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.

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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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 Tizonio Award of Excellence.

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International Biennal of Flanders, in Bruges, 2018

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

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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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.

Open Studios @ Hotel Cosmo, 2003

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

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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

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

Invited to display and rotate 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 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, Chlesea, UK. 2004

Works are collected nationally in private collections

Awards


2020 Artist of the Year Award

Art Now Award. Italy, 2020

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

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

Palermo, Italy, July 2020. Paintings printed in the Great Encyclopedia of International Art.

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

Artist of the Year 2019

Artist of the Year 2019

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

Appointed: PROFESSOR of ARTS, Academical Knight Department - International Academy - Greci-Marino - Verbano, Italy

Appointed: PROFESSOR of ARTS, Academical Knight Department - International Academy - Greci-Marino - Verbano, Italy

November 18, 2006, appointed Professor of Arts, Academic Knight Department of Arts, by the Board of Directors of the Accademia Internazionale Greci-Marino - Accademia del Verbano, Italy

2nd International Prize: Leonardo Da Vinci, The Universal Artist

2nd International Prize: Leonardo Da Vinci, The Universal Artist

Awarded 2nd International Prize Leonardo Da Vinci - Florence, Italy, January 20, 2018, at the Borghese Palace, Florence. Award created by Salvatore Russo and Francesco Russo.

Circle Foundation Artist of the Year Honorable Mention, 2018-2019

Circle Foundation Artist of the Year Honorable Mention, 2018-2019

Circle Foundation of the Arts, 2018-2019. France

The International Prize of Nations, Tribute to Tiziano

The International Prize of Nations, Tribute to Tiziano

Awarded International Prize of Nations, Tribute to Tiziano. Presented at the Scuola Grande Della Misericordia, Venice, Italy, March 18, 2018

Art Museum Selection - To the Artist Diane Holland

Art Museum Selection - To the Artist Diane Holland

Award "For Stylistic Value". October, 2019. Art Now Publications.

World of Art Award: The Best in Art and Creativity, 2005, 2011

World of Art Award: The Best in Art and Creativity, 2005, 2011

World of Art Award for the "Best in Art and Creativity". 2005, 2011. London.

International Prize: Caravaggio, Great Master of Art

International Prize: Caravaggio, Great Master of Art

Awarded International Prize Caravaggio, December 7th, 2018, Milan, Italy, at the Theatre Litta

World of Art Biennial #4: Honorary Award of Distinction

World of Art Biennial #4: Honorary Award of Distinction

World of Art Award - Honorary Award of Distinction for artistic merit, 2018-2019. London

Testimonials


ANTONIO MALMO, International Art Critic, Expert in Modern Art: In the international context of the figurative arts, we noticed that during the last 60 years, artist's 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 loose 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 on the material support her spiritual world-- 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

AMSTERDAM WHITNEY INTERNATIONAL FINE ART GALLERY, Chelsea, New York: 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

Publications


World of Art Publications. 2020. London

Click above ^ to view magazine. Including latest events at MoMA, Guggenheim, Biennale Arte. Full page advertisement: "White Light" painting. Diane Holland, Page 121

Venezia Art Expo - Exhibition of Nations - 2018. Italy

Featuring "Figs and Melon" oil on canvas, 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."

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.'

"Museum" - World of Art Publications. London

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

Art Acquisitor Magazine. New York, USA

Published by Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art Gallery

Gallery Gide New York, 2007-2017

International Prize - Raffaello. Italy

Paintings featured in Catalogue of art show and awards. Events held at Gnudi Palace, Bologna, Italy. May 2018.

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

Blouin ArtInfo.com. USA

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

Art in America International Review. 2007-2017

Spotlight - Contemporary Art Magazine. 2018. France

Selected Artist. Published by Circle Foundation for the Arts Press, France.

Living Artists, California. USA

Arte EuroAmerico. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

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

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

Featured in "Art International" Catalogue: The show catalogue for the International Prize of Nations- Tribute to Tiziano, Venice, Italy.

Art International Contemporary Magazine.

February 2018 April 2018 June 2018 March 2019 April 2019

International Prize - Caravaggio. Italy

Featured in show Catalogue. Awards and art show in Milan, Italy, December 2018, at the Theatre Litta, Milan.

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

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

"Artist of the Year 2019" paintings featured in 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.

The Best Modern & Contemporary Artists - 2018. Italy

Featured in art show Catalogue.

International Prize - Guilio Cesare. Italy

Featured in show Catalogue

"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.

Contact


  • San Francisco, California, United States