Laurel Holloman Critique by Christopher Rosewood

laurel holloman christopher rosewood art artist critiqueLaurel Holloman’s breathtakingly vibrant and intense abstractions eloquently express her personal and philosophical ideals to those who gaze upon them. The artist gracefully applies oil paint to canvas with a fervent passion; each piece is a controlled and refined explosion of colour, shape and line proffering visual links with Jackson Pollock. Holloman’s elegant style can certainly be characterized as Abstract Expressionist as her sophisticated yet endlessly playful brushstrokes convey a resounding semblance of life and vitality whilst exploring a vast expanse of primordial emotion. The cerebral elements of Holloman’s erudite artistic process elevate her compositions with a spiritual component that enriches the viewer with a sense of the artist’s internal perspective, and simultaneously allows them to experience a pensive moment of self reflection.
 
Holloman possesses relentless skill in creating an unparalleled illusion of depth that captivates the viewer and draws them into the celestial world within the painting, which signals the artist’s proclivity for Optical Art, particularly the work of Victor Vaserely and Jean Pierre Yvaral, who also demonstrate an intelligent understanding of colour and line. When observing ‘Babel West’, Holloman’s academic attention to light stimulates the eye to traverse across the surface of the canvas and absorb the complex myriad of hues, which conjugate in a three dimensional effect that effortlessly transmits the effervescent aura of the environment depicted.
 
While Holloman’s work is undeniably unique, it is possible to detect the influence of Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman when considering the effortless simplicity with which these artists articulately self express through bold and confident shades. ‘The Infinite Night’ and ‘Lust for Life’ are certainly demonstrable of Holloman’s ardour for  vivid and evocative tones. It would seem that Holloman’s paintings develop an innovative visual language that transcends space and verbal constraints to powerfully translate the artist’s profound message via her assertive use of striking hues.
 
While observing Holloman’s gestural depictions of organic scenes, the viewer receives an insight into the artist’s deep curiosity regarding Mother Nature as her intellectual compositions provoke sagacious contemplation concerning human life on Earth. With this in mind, it is possible to surmise cognitive assimilations between Holloman and Paul Klee; the two artists are connected through the philosophical creative considerations with which they communicate their internal thoughts and enable the viewer to ponder their surroundings. Holloman’s frequent portrayals of the elements, immortalised in animated movement, enhance each piece with an unrelenting urgency that is reminiscent of Katsushika Hokusai when analysing their shared respectful and inquisitive approach, which seems to reflect Holloman’s ongoing search for knowledge in regard to nature.
 
The exquisite textures created in Holloman’s artworks are  tender and poetic in their propensity to reflect sincere meaning, indeed her flawless compositions are overwhelming in their powerful form. Holloman is truly an artist with an innate capability to capture moments within a single brushstroke, which she delicately presents with exponential life and dynamism via her ethereal and innovative execution.