With this latest body of work, Holland has focused on his own language as a painter and exploited it. Loosely based on the narrative structure of James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the series touches on his history as a painter through the collection and application of gestures, ephemera, color, texture and, in each piece, the recreation of a childhood drawing. Not beholden to the book, beyond a titular reference for each work, these paintings and works on paper are not illustrative. Rather they serve as individual forays through an artist’s highly developed history.
Says Holland, "I feel that there is no escape, truly, from who you are as an artist; many of one's questions remain the same. What changes is the sophistication of the questions and, hopefully, their answers.” His constants of atmospheric abstraction, collage and slight geometries are present, however the rigid practice of this series sets these works apart. The end result is a series of paintings and works on paper that celebrate painting and the notion of painting within one's self.
Edward Holland was born in Philadelphia in 1980. He received a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University and his MA in Studio Art from New York University. His work has been shown at Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton, NY; Gerald Peters Gallery in New York and Santa Fe, NM; and Phyllis Weston Gallery in Cincinnati, OH. He lives and works in New York City.