Dennis Hollingsworth’s artwork (Los Angeles, 1956) are framed within the new American Expressionists of the West Coast. Since his beginnings, his paintings have been characterized by his particular and unusual use of oil as a bas-relief, and the lively but laconic basic colors, and the use of the “alla prima” technique”. The canvases for ARCO 2018 is the result of a peculiar evolution within the artist’s pictorial style. In the most recent works are between sobriety and chaos, geometry and sequence of characters.
About Dennis Hollingsworth
Dennis Hollingsworth is a painter who works fuse abstraction with a pop sensibility. His paintings have a sculptural quality and a low relief—an effect he achieves by using thick impasto to build spikes of paint and textured surfaces. Hollingsworth also prefers to make his works without paintbrushes; instead he squeezes and dribbles the paint directly onto the canvas, or uses unconventional tools to scrape or cut into the paint. He works only in wet-on-wet, meaning that he does not touch the surface of the painting after the work dries. Certain motifs recur in his work, including stripes, spikes, and sometimes text.
Spanish-American, b. 1956, Madrid, Spain, based in Los Angeles, California