Tom Holland


Tom Holland Biography

Tom Holland lives and works in the Bay Area and has been painting for 50 years.  After having attended Cal Berkeley, he went to Chile on a Fulbright Grant.  Holland has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute,  UCLA and CalBerkely.  After having painted in traditional oil on canvas, in the 70's Holland began using materials in his work which were light and strong but which did not require a frame.  Using fiberglass and aluminum, making pieces of color which hang on the wall like stiff tapestry, the thin edges allow the painting to become a part of the space it occupies. Using simple materials and a unique approach combining painting and sculpture, he cuts thin sheets of aluminum to build either a wall painting or a free-standing sculptural form; Holland then rivets the cut pieces to the sheets of aluminum or fiberglass.  He uses epoxy paint to achieve the effects of depth, light, reflection and shadow. Holland considers the color surfaces and the interaction and motion in his work as the most important aspects of his paintings, works on paper, marble and copper.

Holland's work is in the collections of many museums including 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.  His work is also represented in the Anderson Collection as well as the Charles Schwab Company, the Mayfield Fund and the Di Rosa Collection of Contemporary California Art, among others.