During June and July, visit the Calico Coffeehouse to experience the physical world through the eyes and emotions of local artist Brian Holden. Thirty-two studies from Holdenâ€™s Wilderness series will be on displayâ€”the works are created using several types of print-making techniques, including serigraphy, relief block, plate based intaglio & photopolymer gravure and collagraph plate. Holden uses traditional hand printing methods and more current non-toxic methods, like polymer plate.
According to Holden, â€œusing careful observation I study the delicate interplay that exists between structure, form, texture, line, colour, light, shadow and detail and apply it to the artwork. I am highly influenced by my surroundings and personal experiences. Influences are also derived from my appreciation for the work of various artists who share strong personal bonds with the natural world.â€
Landscape and nature are the prominent components of Holdenâ€™s work, he says he is â€œcaptivated with natural structures and designs found in the many varieties of organic life.â€ He developed an intimate connection with nature as a child living in northwestern Ontario and exploring the wilderness. According to Holden, â€œmy imagery is a visual diary that captures my experiences as individual moments. They not only reflect a particular time and place but as forces of change proceed to alter these habitats and ecosystems, the studies might serve as a record or archive.â€
The Calico Coffeehouse is located at 316 Bay Street. You can learn more about Brian Holdenâ€™s art at www.brianholden.ca.