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.
Okeanos XXXII
Okeanos XXXII

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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Okeanos XXXII
Okeanos XXXII
Okeanos XXXXX
Okeanos XXXXX
Anamnesis XXXIV
Anamnesis XXXIV
Anamnesis XIII
Anamnesis XIII
Temenos IV
Temenos IV
Kh Okeanos XXXVIII
Kh Okeanos XXXVIII
Temenos XVI
Temenos XVI
Anamnesis XIX
Anamnesis XIX
Temenos I
Temenos I
Untitled (28937)
Untitled (28937)
Untitled (28938)
Untitled (28938)
Untitled (28936)
Untitled (28936)
Untitled (28939)
Untitled (28939)
Okeanos XXXII
Okeanos XXXII
pastel on paper, 56.75x37
2013
Okeanos XXXXX
Okeanos XXXXX
pastel on paper, 45x23
2016
Anamnesis XXXIV
Anamnesis XXXIV
pastel on paper, 30x22
2008
Anamnesis XIII
Anamnesis XIII
pastel on paper, 30x22
2005
Temenos IV
Temenos IV
pastel on paper, 48x34
2001
Kh Okeanos XXXVIII
Kh Okeanos XXXVIII
pastel on paper, 30x22
2014
Temenos XVI
Temenos XVI
pastel on paper, 40x30
2002
Anamnesis XIX
Anamnesis XIX
pastel on paper, 30x15
2005
Temenos I
Temenos I
pastel on paper, 48x34
2001
Untitled (28937)
Untitled (28937)
pastel on masonite, 8x7
c. 1990
Untitled (28938)
Untitled (28938)
pastel on plaster, 10.75x7
c. 1990
Untitled (28936)
Untitled (28936)
pastel on plaster, 7.75x6
c. 1990
Untitled (28939)
Untitled (28939)
pastel on plaster, 7.75x6
c. 1990