For his 8th exhibition at the Linda Hodges Gallery, Fred Holcomb continues to mine the fertile ground of land- and seascape painting. Large in scale, Holcomb paints scenes with blurred foregrounds as is passing by.
For his 8th exhibition at the Linda Hodges Gallery, Fred Holcomb continues to mine the fertile ground of land- and seascape painting. Large in scale, some are very still and meditative with gargantuan skies and evergreens dotting the landscape, while others contain a sense of movement. Many show familiar Puget Sound sights. Each one is exquisitely rendered and offers fascinating perceptual challenges.
Generated from a lifetime of road trips, Holcomb’s work pictures the wide-open spaces of the West. On these drives, he experiences the landscape passing at freeway speed with blurred foregrounds. Holcomb “reveals how ‘reality’ can change depending on the way you move through it” (Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times, Jan. 9, 2015).
As Holcomb observes, we are past the stage where development can be contrasted with the natural environment. Development and nature are merged, for better or worse.
A Seattle resident, Holcomb received a BA in Architecture from the University of Washington and a MFA in Painting from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2006. He has shown extensively in the Northwest.