Laurel Holloman, a former Hollywood actress, is known for her vibrant use of color and large scale pieces (up to 14ft) often capturing stirring emotions with movement in a three dimensional effect. Holloman’s paintings follow in the tradition of the color field painters such as Mark Rothko or Barnett Newman, yet have a similar quality to the symbolism used by Paul Klee. Her work contains a spiritual component sometimes lacking in abstract works and the paintings have their own specific language. It would be too simple to refer to her as an abstract artist since there are elements of landscapes and symbolism throughout her work.
“I feel my paintings have a secret language born out of science and my obsessiveness with why and how we are here. I paint through abstraction with subtle hints of elemental imagery; the sky, water, fire, earth, a bird flying, cells reproducing or a celestial bed of stars. I am obsessed with metallics and textures and use playful brushstrokes that give paintings a third dimension and explore emotion.”
The artist lives and works in Los Angeles (U.S.A.). After an acclaimed debut with her New York studio collection, TriBeCa in Summer 2011, Holloman has had three international solo shows. Coeur Libre, exhibited at the Pantheon Town Hall (Paris, April 2012) sold out in its first week. This show was followed by Free Falling only four months later at The Ateneo Veneto and ran during the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale to a record breaking attendance and was the first exhibition to contain two 14 ft murals. Her third solo show, All The World Inside, took place in Berlin in Spring 2013 and included 17 large scale murals in three rooms at the Grand Palazzo-Italia. Her painting Swell was picked for the group show, Nell’Aqua Capisco at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale and was chosen for the official catalogue.
Laurel Holloman earned her Bachelor of Arts at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill majoring in performance art and visual art. She continued her studies at UCLA and the British American Drama Academy in London alternating between theatre and visual art. Her early focus was on performance art especially Dadaism and sculpture and then progressed to painting.