Katheryn Holt - Jumping Through Hoops

Katheryn Holt

United States

Painting, Drawing


Katheryn Holt
Katheryn Holt
United States
April 29, 2016

Katheryn Holt is an American painter whose abstract and figurative paintings and drawing tell stories of passing time and history. Her recent abstract works are dedicated to half-remembered landscapes and she uses paints, fabrics and silk-screened images derived from old family photos and Victorian book illustrations. Her rich, multi-layered mixed media works also contain texts from vintage magazines, various advertisements and posters  as well as dialogues from the television scripts her father wrote back the 60s and 70s.  Even though Holt’s art has a lot of personal references, it also possesses the power to remind us of our public, collective history.

Katheryn Holt - Shark
Katheryn Holt – Shark

Chaos of Abstraction

Holt has grown up in Hollywood with a film writer father and a homemaker mother. She was strongly exposed to the narratives present in the media of the 60s and 70s and the women she depicts in her figurative works are inspired by the leading female characters popular at that time. Another interesting detail is that Holt’s grandmother was a seamstress for the Hollywood stars and young Holt was often surrounded by vintage costumes and a large variety of materials and textures, such as polka dots, lace, gingham and bathing suits. Holt’s interest in textures is evident in her works, which are extremely rich and layered. Her art brings together and unites a lot of different media, such as silk screen, collage, pastel, and graphite, in order to create a sense of motion and a chaos of abstraction.

Holt’s art unites a lot of different media, such as silk screen, collage, pastel, and graphite, in order to create a sense of motion and a chaos of abstraction

Katheryn Holt - Street Life
Katheryn Holt – Street Life

Painting Memory

In her new abstract series, Holt depicts the concept of memory preservation and loss. This means that her memories give the basic structure to her pieces along with the freedom of emotional self-expression. Holt is depicting both interior and exterior realities – the Interiors series represents small houses and their surrounding landscapes, which the artist painted in pastel colors, typical for California home decor in the 1950s. On the other hand, the Exteriors series features abstract fields of dark or saturated colors combined with the pieces of silk-screened TV dialogues that Holt’s father wrote in the 1970s. The text present in Holt’s paintings has a role of introducing the psychological tension between the artist herself and her family history and struggles depicted on her canvases.

In her new abstract series, Holt depicts the concept of memory preservation and loss

Katheryn Holt - Orange Crush
Katheryn Holt – Orange Crush

Private and Collective History

Holt’s paintings and drawings depict an uncharted, hazy territory between her private memories and public, collective history. Her personal experiences and growing up surrounded by the media of the 60s and 70s are very important influences when it comes to her art. Holt is playfully mixing her own memories with the world and characters she has seen on the silver screen while she was still a little girl. Nowadays, Holt is an active artist whose artworks have been shown in numerous solo and group shows in New York, Germany, Texas, Georgia, Colorado, and California.

The artist is represented by Azart Gallery.

Katheryn Holt lives and works in Sausalito, California.

Featured image: Katheryn Holt – Jumping Through Hoops
All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition NameMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016Spotlight on women artistsZener Schon Gallery, Mill Valley, CAGroup
2015Summer Group ShowAzart Gallery, NYGroup
2014Juried showCA-101, Redondo Beach CAGroup
2014Katheryn HoltCarrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NYGroup
2014Katheryn HoltTria Gallery, NYGroup
2012Katheryn HoltCarrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NYGroup
2012C'est quoi la femme?Tria Gallery, NYGroup
2012Katheryn HoltMagnolia Gallery, Larkspur, CAGroup
2012Katheryn HoltMarin Designers Showcase, CAGroup
2012Katheryn HoltCarrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NYGroup
2011Natural BeautyTria Gallery, NYGroup
2010Water’s EdgeLaguna Beach, CAGroup
2010Affordable Art FairTria Gallery, Affordable Art Fair, NYGroup
2010Art Houses of MarinSausalito, CAGroup
2010Katheryn HoltDonna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CAGroup
2009SoliloquyTria Gallery, NYGroup
2009Summer CocktailTria Gallery, NYGroup
2008Body and SoulTria Gallery, NYGroup
2008Affordable Art FairTria Gallery, NYGroup
2006Affordable Art FairDolby Chadwick Gallery, NYGroup
2005Katheryn HoltAllen Sheppard Gallery, NYGroup
2005Rock+paper+scissorsSausalito, CAGroup
2003Katheryn HoltAlabama Pastel Society, GAGroup
2003Visual Arts AllianceVisual Arts Alliance, Houston, TXGroup
2003Katheryn HoltLong Beach Arts, CAGroup
2003small works Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CAGroup
2002Katheryn Holt455 Market Street, San Francisco, CASolo
2001Katheryn HoltUniversity of the Pacific, San Francisco, CASolo
2001The Laundry ShowCultural Arts Council of Sonoma, CAGroup
2000Katheryn HoltSF Zen Hospice Center, CASolo
2000Katheryn HoltSan Francisco Bay Club, CASolo
2000Small WorksSF MOVA, CAGroup
2000Katheryn HoltMad River Post, San Francisco, CAGroup
2000Katheryn HoltFidelity Partners, San Francisco, CAGroup
2000Katheryn HoltSonoma Museum of Visual Arts, CAGroup
1999Katheryn HoltThe Branson School, Ross, CASolo
1999Katheryn HoltGap corporate headquarters, San Francisco, CAGroup
1999Eleven UpHollis Street Project, Emeryville, CAGroup
1998The Age of WomenSomar Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1998Katheryn HoltUniversity High School Art Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1998Silent Auction ShowSan Francisco Showcase, CAGroup
1995Katheryn HoltMill Valley Arts Commission, CASolo
1994Katheryn HoltLong Island University, Brooklyn, NYSolo
1993Best of ShowMarin Society of Artists, Ross, CAGroup
1993AngelsCGS Gallery, Tiburon, CAGroup
1992Katheryn HoltMichael Thompson Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1992Katheryn HoltMarin Theater Company, Mill Valley, CAGroup
1991Gorilla GirlsPro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CAGroup
1990Katheryn HoltMarin Theater Company, Mill Valley, CASolo