The work of Norman artist Don Holladay will be featured in the Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, Norman, during July and August, with a reception from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Circuit of Art on July 13. The exhibit will run through August 31.
Oklahoma City based jazz trio, "A Shade of Blue," will provide music for the reception. The trio, which focuses on traditional jazz and early song book music, consists of Jerry Scott on horns, Tim Hart on guitar and Daryl Hammock on upright bass.
Don Holladay began taking watercolor lessons while stationed in Germany with the Air Force. After putting painting aside for several years, he became interested in the printmaking process, and in the summer of 1993, traveled to Santa Fe to work one on one with printmaker Sharon Montgomery. He then began study of lithography, etching and monotype at OU, and in 1996 he went to Santa Fe to purchase a printmaking press from Montgomery, which he hauled home in a pickup. His studio includes an etching press and many of his pieces originate from the printmaking process. Printing inks and oils are his two primary mediums, most often on paper surfaces.
Of his work, Holladay says “I alternate between figurative painting and non-objective abstract pieces. I am drawn to the solitary figure, particularly because of my printmaking background. I greatly admire the figurative painters of the 1950s. The work of painters such as Nathan Oliviera, David Park and Elmer Bischoff have a sense of energetic immediacy that inspires me.
“My non-objective pieces almost all originate off the printing press. Composition is usually the most important element, although in many instances, my hope is for a look of controlled carelessness. Being precise acts like a barrier for me, and as a result, I do not like an overly tidy image.”
Don Holladay’s work has appeared in solo and group shows across the state. The piece Soldier’s Bride, included in this show, was selected for inclusion in the recent 2011 Seven-State Biennial exhibition. Holladay’s art is owned by numerous individuals, businesses and organizations.
A former Board Chairman of the Oklahoma Arts Institute, he and his wife reside in Norman. He holds a law degree from the College of Law, University of Oklahoma.
Exhibits in the Depot Gallery are made possible by a grant from Oklahoma Arts Council. Gallery hours are 8:00 to 2:00 Monday through Friday. For additional information about this and other Performing Arts Studio programs, phone 405-307-9320.