Tom Holland

American, Born 1936

Abstract painter Tom Holland lives in the Bay Area of California. He has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Berkeley. Holland has received grants from the Fulbright Program, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

After having painted in traditional oil on canvas, in the late 1960s Holland began using materials in his work which were light and strong and did not require a frame. He employs fiberglass, aluminum, and paper to create freestanding constructions and wall reliefs, which he paints with epoxy paint. In their final form his colorful abstract works explore the boundary between painting and sculpture.

Heather Campbell Coyle, Delaware Art Museum, January 2010
All works by Tom Holland

Foley, Suzanne. Tom Holland. San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Museum of Art, 1972.

Gruen, John. “Controlled Frenzy: Drunk with the Love of Mediums and Materials, Tom Holland Creates Works of Daring Ambiguity.” Art News 86 (March 1987), 116-120.

Tom Holland: New Work, with essay by Howard Junker. New York: Charles Cowles Gallery, 1990.