Having some fun with these at the moment ... coming along nicely.
Should be done by the end of the week.
The Orchid Series, a set of three acrylic paintings, by m.l.holton
Painting on three 1/4" G2S mahogany plywood panels. Each panel is 2 feet square. Acrylic with gold ink accents. Contact the artist directly, if interested in purchase. Asking $6000 for the set of three, unframed. Looking good. :)
If you find yourself in Burlington, Ontario, Canada during the month of February, be sure to swing into the Burlington Art Centre on Lakeshore Blvd to catch another aspect of the festivities for 'Black History Month'. Hanging in the Community Hall will be a repro of an oil painting I did several years ago. It will be up for a month.
The Boxer (of Panama City) - oil on board, by m.l.holton
Alternatively, if you find yourself at the 35th Annual Art Auction at the same venue on February 7th, take a wonder through the Centre and find this work. It may not be IN the auction, but it IS 'for sale'. Asking $250 for the one-off photo print, signed and dated by moi. The original, in oil, 28" square, is $6500 (Canadian) framed in 2" black wood. If interested in either purchase, contact me directly.
As for the genesis of this painting, it's a good story. A very blonde Dutch friend and I were traveling around Central America when we landed in Panama City. We decided to walk around the waterfront and, quite literally, fell into a local 'boxing club'. Loud, smelly, very male, oozing testosterone and 100% black, we had a rather curious 'aha' moment about 'skin colour' and, tangentially, racism ...
In a perfect world, skin colour shouldn't 'matter' at all.
But it does. Black, White, Red, Yellow or a mix: we are who we are.
Arthur Heming was told as a lad that he was color blind. As a result, he painted in black and white for most of his adult life, until, one day, he discovered he wasn't ... Love this story, and love his work. I've chosen this painting of his as a Christmas tribute to all the artists out there who persist in the face of overwhelming odds. Your dedication and your efforts are very much appreciated. Keep at it!
Shocked to hear that an old dear friend from Montreal died recently from a rare cancer. Peter Wintonick will remain an inspiration to many as a 'documentary' provocateur. One of the most 'open' individuals I've ever known, his carefully chosen words were consistently poetic and poignant. His vision was VERY LARGE, an all encompassing world-view. The planet lost a 'good soul' in his passing. R.I.P Peter. This small acrylic of mine lingers as a tribute ... I will miss him dearly.
A mere 5" high, but iluminated with all the grace and elan of the REAL DEAL ...
that is to say, young bucks in nature. And at just $1.25 RETAIL, these solitary beauties have been produced by the hundreds of thousands .... Ultimately, they are creating much more then delight. This offshore 'stuff' enters our lives and gives us all new meanings. Like it or not.