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Meet Colin Holloway

Today we’d like to introduce you to Colin Holloway.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in New Jersey. Paint and color have always been a fascination ever since I was a child. My brother was an artist, and I always loved to watch him paint and what would magically appear onto his canvas. Ive been painting ever since I can remember. I went to a vocational art high school in Red Bank, NJ. It was not my sending school, so I had to take an art program that would basically be my major for high school. I loved it. Part of the program was to go on class trips to museums in New York about once a month. That is where I discovered Mark Rothko, Willem DeKooning, and Joan Mitchell and many other artists that mean so much to me. They knew what color was and how to use it.
I moved to Philadelphia When I was 20. After high school, I never felt that college was an option for me. From the age of 17, I was basically fending for my self. I grew up with a religion I no longer felt was right for me, and therefore, I was excommunicated from my family. I worked in coffee shops and painted with any free time. I lived in Philadelphia for 13 years. During that time, I had shown all over the city, art galleries, and coffee shops. Basically anywhere someone would get the art out of my house and up on the walls. I played in a band called Needle Points for about five years with some of my best friends. We traveled the United States touring and recording music. During this time, I also was invited to do a show in Austin at a gallery that sadly doesn’t exist anymore called Common House. I did murals down in Miami and up in Chicago at a hotel called The Freehand.

There was always something holding me back artistically on the east coast, though I loved it and it was my home. I felt that loud colors were not excepted so much in New York and Philadelphia. I knew that lots of west coast artists loved color and vibrance. It was time for a change. My girlfriend and I both need a change. She is a fashion designer and excepted a job in Los Angeles. We sold everything we packed the bare essentials into the car and headed west.

We lived in Silver Lake for a year. I got a job in art handling. We both worked long hours, and we were so tired at the end of the day the neither of us had time to make the things we wanted. For roughly five months, I began building out a camper van for us to live in when our lease was up. We traveled up and down the west coast and the deserts for about four months. I painted a little from the road, but it also proved challenging to paint with all the driving and setting up before the sun goes down.

We were heading back into LA in December thru the desert of Joshua Tree. We saw an ad for a little house up in the hills of Yucca Valley. We met with the person, and a few weeks later we moved in. We both have our own studios within the house. I paint every day. We have met so many gallery owner and artists, here. Everything led up to this, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Please tell us about your art.
Over the years, I loved myself a good dive bar. I spent so much time playing music and waiting around in them. The subjects for my paintings are usually taken from these places. To me, these are the unsung heroes of cities and small towns. They are the foundations and building blocks of a community. From the construction worker to the lawyer to the retiree to the bartender. The conversations I had with random strangers have stuck with me and impacted me emotionally with both happiness and sadness. I try to convey these emotions through color and abstraction into my work.

What do you think about the conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I think life has always been a struggle for all artists. You have to work at it every day. The more I work and show my paintings. The more opportunities come to me. I think outlets such as these articles are great at helping the hidden artists of Los Angeles. I also think small business owners and galleries could help buy and show the work of smaller artists. They have the space. Let’s all get together and make it happen. Cities rely on the community.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
In December I will be having my first one-man show at the Compound Gallery in Yucca Valley, California. It will be a brand new line of works that I am very excited to share with everyone.

You can also direct message me through Instagram about any purchases or commissions. I can be found on Instagram @colinhollowayartor

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Michael Townsend

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