The pace of contemporary artwork exploring climate change is dizzying, and nowhere has been drowned in as much attention as the Arctic seas. But somehow, in its ultimate and exacting simplicity, this series of hyper-realistic pastels stands out from a crowded field. Forman translates the purity and simplicity of the arctic water into each pastel stroke, creating a mesmerizing composition that appeals to emotion rather than didacticism- a refreshing break from most other climate change based works. "My hope is that these drawings bring awareness, and invite viewers to share the urgency in a hopeful and meaningful way. Art can facilitate a deeper understanding of any crisis, helping us find meaning and optimism" in a challenging world.
Images from the catalogue of Frank Holliday , published by Carlo Cambi Editore in July 2015.
Frank Holliday (born 1957, South Carolina) is a painter who became known in the New York art world in the 1970s and 1980s and is often associated with the East Village scene and associated with Club 57. His early career as an artist included working with Andy Warhol and close associations with artists such as Keith Haring,Ann Magnuson, Kenny Scharf, et al.
Frank Holliday exhibited with galleries such as Kenny Schacter Gallery, Tony Shafrazi Gallery and has had several solo shows at Debs & Co. and Tom Cugliani Gallery as well as The Kitchen, Dru Artstark and GAL Gallery. He’s been represented in numerous group shows including shows at The Arts Club, White Columns, Sandra Gering Gallery, Amy Lipton Gallery, Barbara Toll Fine Art and Club 57 with Keith Haring, all in NYC. His work has been the subject of reviews by Holland Cotter and Stephen Westfall in Art in America, Grace Glueck and Ken Johnson in the New York Times, and Bill Arning in the Village Voice, and has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant." In 2010, Frank Holliday was awarded grants from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.