Kathleen Holder

b. 1954, Milwaukee, WI
The work is more a chronicle of a metaphysical or spiritual journey addressing my experiences symbolically. It is more a search for the truth which exists on the other side of our limited perception of reality and deeply rooted in the unconscious.
Anamnesis XIII
Anamnesis XIII

Kathleen Holder’s visionary images, rich in luminescence and nuance, seek to capture the transitory elements of a place or experience, such as mood, temperature and light. A transformative meditative experience resulted in Holder’s drive to make works that capture unseen energies and forces. In what she calls “psychic, abstract landscapes,” the viewer is transported to spiritual realms of veiled color fields and visceral sources of light. Through her layering of pastels and burnishing and blending of the colors by hand, Holder’s work assumes a Rothko-esque atmospheric haziness. Following a reductive path from figuration to abstraction toward a more subtle minimalism over the course of her career, Holder strives to convey pure essence through her creative practice.

Kathleen Holder is Professor Emerita from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She received her BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and currently resides in Buda, Texas. She has exhibited at galleries and institutions in Nashville, Chicago, Washington D.C., San Antonio, and Houston. Her work is featured in the collections of Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; Arthur Andersen & Company, Little Rock; Donaghey Foundation Headquarters, Little Rock; Entergy Corporation, Little Rock; Ernst & Young, Little Rock; Hotel Elysian, Chicago; International Paper Corporation, Memphis; Kemper Art Collection, Chicago; McKinsey & Company, Chicago; Microsoft Corporation Headquarters, Seattle; Pfizer, Memphis; Rose Family Foundation, Memphis; Searle Collection of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The University of Arkansas, Little Rock; The University of Arkansas School of Law, Little Rock, and the Waldorf Astoria, Chicago, among others.

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Anamnesis XIII
Anamnesis XIII
Anamnesis XIX
Anamnesis XIX
Untitled (28936)
Untitled (28936)
Untitled (28937)
Untitled (28937)
Untitled (28938)
Untitled (28938)
Untitled (28939)
Untitled (28939)
Anamnesis XXVI
Anamnesis XXVI
Anamnesis XXIV
Anamnesis XXIV
Okeanos XXXVIII
Okeanos XXXVIII
Anamnesis XIII
Anamnesis XIII
pastel on paper, 30x22
2005
Anamnesis XIX
Anamnesis XIX
pastel on paper, 30x15
2005
Untitled (28936)
Untitled (28936)
pastel on plaster, 7.75x6
c. 1990
Untitled (28937)
Untitled (28937)
pastel on masonite, 8x7
c. 1990
Untitled (28938)
Untitled (28938)
pastel on plaster, 10.75x7
c. 1990
Untitled (28939)
Untitled (28939)
pastel on plaster, 7.75x6
c. 1990
Anamnesis XXVI
Anamnesis XXVI
pastel on paper, 30x15
2005
Anamnesis XXIV
Anamnesis XXIV
pastel on paper, 30x15
2005
Okeanos XXXVIII
Okeanos XXXVIII
pastel on paper, 30x22
2014

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