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artist , educator

Tom Holland, American artist, educator. Grantee National Endowment for Arts, 1975-1976; Fulbright fellow, 1959-1960; Guggenheim fellow, 1979.


Holland, Tom was born on June 15, 1936 in Seattle, Washington, District of Columbia, United States.


Student, University California-Berkeley, 1954-1956;student, Willamette U., Salem, Oregon, 1956-1958;student, University California-Santa Barbara.


Holland is known for creating a style of art that may use fiberglass (or fibreglass), aluminum (or aluminium), epoxy paint, plywood, beads, oil paint, palette knives, marble, copper, paper, and clay. For clay he uses watercolor, acrylic urethane, and ceramic glazes. Holland began his formal art education at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was influenced by David Park before traveling to Chile as a Fulbright Grant recipient.

Holland's early academic art influence was David Park at Berkeley, but his artistic style continued to develop through his travels and personal experiences. Contemporary practiceHis beginning as a painter was labeled "funky". His work has been described as taking inspiration from Cubism, Futurism, and Constructivism, and he has been called one of California's most important contemporary artists and was featured in Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–1980: An Illustrated History.

Holland works primarily with fiberglass and aluminum to create free-standing and wall installations, a style that has been said to encompass Abstract Expressionism (8). He creates his art by riveting metal to the fiberglass or aluminum, then using epoxy paint to add other elements to the piece which add depth, light, and color. His work has been labeled exhilarating and visually challenging, playing games and distorting the three-dimensional space.

1966 : Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles1970 : Neuendorf Gallery, Hamburg1972 : Felicity Samuel Gallery, London1972 : San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco1980 : James Corcoran Gallery – Santa Monica1982 : Corcoran Gallery1983 : Bank of America Galleries, Santa Monica1989 : Persons and Lindell Gallery, Helsinki1994 : San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose1995 : Triton Museum, Silicon Valley2002 : John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco2013 : Samuel Lynne Galleries, Dallas1973 : Whitney Museum of American Art, New York1965 : University of Texas, University Art Museum, Austin1969 : Corcoran Gallery1970 : Museum of Modern Art, New York1977 : Watson/de Nagy & Company1981 : Museum of Modern Art, New York1984 : San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco1996 : Los Angeles County Museum, of Art, Los Angeles2004 : The National Academy, New York2005 : Tucson Museum of ArtAnderson CollectionBerkeley Art MuseumBrooklyn MuseumCharles Schwab CompanyChicago Art InstituteCleveland Center for Contemporary ArtDenver Art MuseumDi Rosa CollectionsDuker CollectionFederal Reserve Bank, San FranciscoLos Angeles County Museum* Mayfield FundMuseum of Modern Art, New YorkOakland Museum of CaliforniaThe Official Residence of the United States Ambassador to SwitzerlandPalm Springs Desert MuseumSan Francisco Art InstituteSan Francisco Museum of Modern ArtThe Santa Barbara Museum of Art CollectionSeattle Art MuseumSolomon R. Guggenheim MuseumWalker Art Center, MinneapolisWhitney Museum of American Art.


  • 1959 : Fulbright Fellowship1975–1976 : National Endowment for the Arts Sculpture Grant1980 : Guggenheim Fellowship.


  • Other Work

    • Exhibited one-man shows Catholic University, Santiago, Chile, 1960, Richmond Art Center, California, 1962, Laynon Gallery, Palo Alto, California, 1963, 64, 65, Hansen Fuller Gallery, 1965, 74, Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, 1965, 67, 69, 76, Arizona State University, Tempe, 1968, Neuendorf Gallery, Cologne, Germany, 1970, Robert Elkon Gallery, New York City, 1970, 71, Corcoran and Corcoran, Miami, 1972, Multiples, Los Angeles, 1972, Knoedler Contemporary Art, New York City, 1973, 75, Watson de Nagy Gallery, Houston, 1977, Smith Anderson Gallery, Palo Alto, California, 1978, Droll Kolbert Gallery, New York City, 1978, San Francisco Art Institute, 1979, Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, 1980, 83, 85, 87, 89, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York City, 1981, 83, 84, 85, 88, Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco, 1982, The Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, 1983, John Berggruen Gallery, 1984, 86, 88, 89. Group shows San Francisco Art Institute, 1963, 67, San Francisco Museum Modern Art, 1964, 70, La Jolla Museum California, 1965, Los Angeles County Museum, 1966, Philadelphia Society Arts Invitational, 1968, Corcoran Museum, Washington, 1969, Museum Modern Art, New York City, 1970, Whitney Museum Contemporary Art, 1970, 78, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 1971, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1972, Museum Modern Art, New York City, 1972, Whitney Museum American Art, New York City, 1973, Corcoran Biennial, Washington, 1975, Richmond Art Center, 1976, National Collection Fine Arts, Washington, 1977, Museum Modern Art, New York City, 1981, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1982. Represented permanent collections Oakland Museum California, Stanford University, St. Louis City Museum, Larry Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, Museum Art, San Francisco, Museum Modern Art, New York City, Chicago Art Institute, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Guggenheim Museum, New York City, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, others.


Married Judy, 1958; children: Randolph, Brenden, Joel.


Randolph Holland

Brenden Holland

Joel Holland