Galerie Richard

Dennis HOLLINGSWORTH

“In the Spring and early Fall of 2019, I painted a series of paintings which commemorated the fifty year anniversary of the moment I decided to become an artist. In 1969, I was thirteen years old and my family was traveling to Australia via Europe, the Mideast , India, Thailand and the Philippines. I was born in Madrid and although I am half Anglo and half Malaysian, Spain had always held my imagination in thrall. During that voyage, we lingered in Madrid and it was then that I had visited the Prado for the first time. Prior to that moment, I was already in love with art, copiously drawing and copying from the illustrations of the history books that I could find. Finally, I could see the works that I had only known in reproduction. It was at that moment, when I stood in front of Goya’s “Saturn Devouring his Children”, that I was subsumed in something like a mystical experience. This was the exact moment in which I had realized and determined my destiny.

Dennis Hollingsworth gained international recognition in the 1990s by adding sculptural forms of oil painting to raw canvas, making a statement about the rebirth of painting in a prolonged period in which ordinary intellectuals claimed that painting was dead. For more than twenty years, he has been searching for the extent of embodied painting. Within the limits of impasto’s superficial tension, his recombinant form lexicon involving pungent balls, stamps, stomps, silences, prints, and flowering paint peels.

“In the Spring and early Fall of 2019, I painted a series of paintings which commemorated the fifty year anniversary of the moment I decided to become an artist. In 1969, I was thirteen years old and my family was traveling to Australia via Europe, the Mideast , India, Thailand and the Philippines. I was born in Madrid and although I am half Anglo and half Malaysian, Spain had always held my imagination in thrall. During that voyage, we lingered in Madrid and it was then that I had visited the Prado for the first time. Prior to that moment, I was already in love with art, copiously drawing and copying from the illustrations of the history books that I could find. Finally, I could see the works that I had only known in reproduction. It was at that moment, when I stood in front of Goya’s “Saturn Devouring his Children”, that I was subsumed in something like a mystical experience. This was the exact moment in which I had realized and determined my destiny. Approaching the works in commemoration, I wanted to simplify the palette of colors in order to make vivid the embodiment of the physical form of impasto paint that had animated my life project as a painter for the past 24 years. Painting in monochrome achieved this goal. Laying a thick bed of paint onto the surface of the canvas and moving my handmade tools into it became something more like drawing in paint. Of course, the subjects were selections from the Prado’s collection that I had remembered from that visit fifty years ago. For several years up until that point, I was relying on masking to increase the intensity of the form of physical paint that I was painting with. I wanted to dial down the reliance on masking but not eliminate it altogether. The solution at that time was to mask a framing fringe at the edges of the paintings. The undulations recalled for me the architectural classicism of the Prado, something like an entablature, a fine nod as far as I was concerned. While I felt that I could do these commemorative paintings for the remainder of my life, the limitations of the Prado’s finite collection and the problem of the maudlin inevitably would present itself. I felt compelled to simultaneously close out that project and extend it onwards. It was last summer when I was painting an element of that series, a black painting employing the subject of Ribera’s “Jacob’s Dream” that I was gifted with a germ of a realization of how I this project could find its’

1956 Born in Madrid, Spain
1991 Masters of Fine Arts, Claremont Graduate School
1985 Bachelor of Arts, California Polytechnic State University

Lives and works in New York and Tossa de Mar, Spain.

COLLECTIONS:

MOCA Los Angeles, California, USA
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas, USA
CSULB Art Museum, California, USA
AkzoNobel Collection, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Colección Riera Roura, Barcelona, Spain
Akron Art Museum, Akron,Ohio, USA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Upcoming 2019 Galerie Richard, Paris, France

2019 Burgeoning, Galerie Richard, New York, NY, USA

2016 Asteriscos Rotos, Galerie Miguel Marcos, Barcelona, Spain

Paint sculpturally/sculpt Painterly, Hionas Gallery, New York

2014 You Will Know, Hionas Gallery, New York

2012 Terrestrial, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles

2011 Galerie Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca, Spain;

Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

2010 So Far, Galerie Miguel Marcos, Barcelona, Spain

2008 Galerie Miguel Marcos, Barcelona, Spain

Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2007 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2006 Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Constelaciones, Miguel Marcos Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

Galeria Anna Serratossa, Valencia, Spain

2005 Galerie André Buchmann, Cologne, Germany

Galerie Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem, Netherlands

2004 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Galerie Mark Muller, Zurich Switzerland

2003 Galerie André Buchmann, Cologne, Germany

Chac Mool Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Galerie Mark Muller, Zurich Switzerland

2002 Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Brett/Mitchell Shaheen Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Galerie André Buchmann, Cologne, Germany

2001 Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York

USA, Barbara Farber/La Serre, Trets France

2000 The Box, Torino, Italy

Galerie André Buchmann, Cologne, Germany

Chac Mool, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1999 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Steendrukkerij Amsterdam, M.V., Holland

1998 Hearts and Minds, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Barbara Farber/Rob Jurka Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland

1997 Lawing Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MI

1996 Meyerson & Nowinski Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Blum/Poe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Scarabb Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Bennett Roberts Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1995 Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MI

Bennett Roberts Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1993 Lee Arthur Studio, New York, NY

Studio Raid Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1991 Graduate Exhibition, CGS East Gallery, Claremont, CA, USA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Color Matters, Galerie Richard, New York, NY, USA

2017 Rafael Vega, Dennis Hollingsworth, Gary Stephan, Hionas Gallery, New York

2014 #TBT, Hionas Gallery, New York

DRIFTER Curated by David Rhodes, Hionas Gallery, New York

2013 Figure and Ground, Sargent’s Daughters, New York

2011 Group Show, Galerie Mark Müller, Zürich, Switzerland

The Working Title, Bronx Art Center, Bronx, New York, USA

Greater LA, New York, New York, USA

2010 25th Anniversary Show, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

Crystal World, Andre Buchmann Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Group Show, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Pintura Sin Tregua Galerie Miguel Marcos, Barcelona, Spain

Group Show, Tanya Rumpff Gallery, Haarlem, Netherlands

Palm Paintings, André Buchmann Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2009 Una Mirada, Galeria Miguel Marcos, Barcelona, Spain

“1999”, China Art Objects, Los Angeles, California, USA

2008 03:11h: A Very Nice Lightning Strike, Galeria Miguel Marcos, Barcelona, Spain

Some Paintings, LA Weekly/Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA

2007 QUIRKY, Westport Art Center, Westport, Connecticut

Paper Bombs, Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

Works on Paper, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles California, USA

Near Dark, Donna Beam Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

2006 Constalaciones, Galeria Miguel Marcos, Barcelona, Spain

10th Anniversary, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

Something About Us, Museo de Tossa de Mar, Costa Brava, Spain

Couch Paintings, Trudi Gallery, Los Angeles California, USA

Hotel California, Glendale Community College, California, USA

2005 Galeria Miguel Marcos, Barcelona, Spain

2004 Galerie Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem, Netherlands

2003 Manny Silverman Gallery, West Hollywood, California, USA

New Abstract Painting: Painting Abstract Now, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Leverkusen, Germany

Fragmente des Paradieses, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestha/CH

Group Show, Houldsworth Gallery, London

Phat and Sassy, Charlotte Jackson Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

We Love Painting, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Buchman Gallerie, Cologne Germany

2002 Ramos and “five Times Four” at Modernism, Modernism, San Francisco, CA, USA

Play it as it Lays, London Institute Gallery, Millbank, London

Spieglein, Spieglein, an der wand…, Mark Müeller Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2001 Vivid, Richard Salmon Gallery, London

Touring exhibition: Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry Northern Gallery for Contemporary, Art, Sunderland, UK

Abstract, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2000 eg, Acunha-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Luminous, Ikon Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA eg

Acunha-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1999 Super-Abstr-Action, The Box Associati, Torino, Italy

Fore and Aft, ACME, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Nach Bild, Kunstahalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Art in LA, Brett Mitchell Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Galore, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

1998 Object Obscure, Todd Gallery, London, England, Traveled to Galerie EugenLendel, Graz, Austria

Drawings…2nd Annual Invitational, Meyerson & Nowinski, Seattle, WA, USA

1997 Stepping Up, Andrew Mummery Gallery, London, England

Drawings…A Bi-Coastal Invitational, Meyerson & Nowinski, Seattle, WA, USA

What’s Next on Canvas, Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Orange County Art Museum Biennial, Newport Harbor, CA, USA

Martha Stewart Living, Art Center Gallery, Pasadena, CA, USA

Primary Colors, Barbara Farber Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland

1996 Balancing Act, Room, New York, NY

Left of Center: New Art from Los Angeles, Ten in One Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

1995 The Blue House Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Six Roads to Abstraction, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, USA

Fresh Air, Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MI, USA

New Visions: Los Angeles Art in the 90’s, Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Smoggy Abstraction: Recent Los Angeles Painting, Haggerty Museum, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Painting Beyond the Idea, Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

1995 The Insistent Image: Abstract Painting in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City Art Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Three Painters, Lawing Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

1994 Where We Live, AMO Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

In Plain Sight: Abstract Painting in Los Angeles, Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, TX, USA

Words and Symbols, ArtSpace Gallery, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Woodland Hills, CA; Contrarywise Painting, Space Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

1993 LA Juried Exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Hollywood, CA, USA

1991 Rotating Exhibition, Boritzer Gray Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Member’s Exhibition, Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA, USA

1990 VEX, Cal State Irvine, CA, USA

DA Gallery, Pomona, CA, USA

SPARC Forum, San Diego, CA, USA

1986 Church of Architecture, San Diego, CA, USA

Score Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Galleria OCASO, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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