Joan Mitchell Center

Heather Holden

Painter
July 10 – August 4
Brooklyn, NY
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Since 1980 Heather Holden has created paintings that examine the slippage of ideas from one image to another. Her photojournalistic sources accede to each other as they structurally reallocate memories of high-profile events, more imposing through scaled up paintings. Working in an area between painting and drawing her surfaces are a unique combination of encaustic and watercolor pastel.

Holden has created an extensive body of work in Brooklyn NY, much of which has never been exhibited. She had a solo show at the Madison Art Center, Madison WI and others in Richmond VA during the 70s. She has been in numerous group shows in New York City and elsewhere over the decades. This year she was in several group shows “A Call To Action” at Anna Kustera Gallery and “Big Tent Show” at ArtHelix Gallery both in Brooklyn. In June she completed a move of her archive to Newburgh NY.

Also in 2017, Holden was awarded an Artists Fellowship grant and a residency at the Joan Mitchell Center. Prior grants were from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Joan Mitchell Foundation in 2013. She holds a BS, MA and MFA from University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was a Painting Instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1974-80 and a Art Teacher at Middleton High School in Wisconsin in the 60s.

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Hope / Bomb

Hope / Bomb

2011, watercolor & encaustic over gesso, wood, 96 x 288 inches

Car / Karzai

Car / Karzai

2012, watercolor & encaustic over polyfoam, aquafiber & gesso, 48 x 32 inches

Glove / Bomb

Glove / Bomb

2012, watercolor & encaustic over gesso, wood, 96 x 144 inches

Deep Water Horizon

Deep Water Horizon

 2013, watercolor and encaustic on linen, 96 x 192 inches

Anselm Adams / Chile Mine Disaster

Anselm Adams / Chile Mine Disaster

2014, watercolor and encaustic on linen, 46 x 32 inches

Bernstein / Ebola

Bernstein / Ebola

2015, watercolor and encaustic on linen, 47 x 64 inches

Bush / Bailout

Bush / Bailout

2009, watercolor and encaustic on aqua fiber, 36 x 120 inches

Deepthroat / Rafsanjani

Deepthroat / Rafsanjani

2010, watercolor and encaustic on linen, 96 x 38 inches