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Ask the artist: 12 Questions & A Joke with Peter Holden

Updated: Oct 24, 2022


Ask the artist: 12 Questions & A Joke

Is an opportunity for our gallery supporters, friends and clients to get to know our artists a little better. It’s a fun way to get a glimpse into the personalities of the artists and at the same time connecting the artist with their art.

Hope you enjoy!!... Ida Victoria



3 of Peter's Holden 7 large commissioned paintings
ON TEMPORARY DISPLAY IN HIS STUDIO: 3 of Peter’s 7 large commissioned paintings created for the Villas at the Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, in collaboration with the gallery.

Q: If there was a favorite work of art you could hang or display in your home, which would it be?

PH: I’m going with a Mark Bradford piece. Such an amazing artist!


SMITE. Mark Bradford. Mixed media & collage on canvas
SMITE. Mark Bradford. Mixed media & collage on canvas

“Fabricating his signature mixed-media collages with ephemera such as segments of billboards, flyers, and graffitied stencils, American artist Mark Bradford’s works marry his interests in modernist abstraction with the urban community from which he culls his materials. These ambitious, visually arresting works are striking for their simultaneous incorporation of physical remnants of a site and semi-figurative depiction of a scene or topography. Bradford is a recipient of the Whitney Museum’s Bucksbaum Award and was a 2009 MacArthur Fellow.

American, b. 1961, Los Angeles, California, based in Los Angeles, California” -https://www.artsy.net/artist/mark-bradford


Q: If there was one dead artist that you could hang out with for a day, who would that be? Why?

PH: Picasso, because I know it would be entertaining and dynamic.


“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward, you can remove all traces of reality.” - Picasso


Q: If there were a magic power you could use in your art making, what would it be? PH: None.



MULTIPLE PAINTINGS IN PROGRESS IN PETER’S STUDIO
MULTIPLE PAINTINGS IN PROGRESS IN PETER’S STUDIO

Q: If we were going to talk about your art, where would you want to start?

PH: I’m a painter.



Peter Holden’s constant studio companions Marley and Samba
Peter Holden’s constant studio companions Marley and Samba

Q: What quality in others makes you want to slap them?

PH: Arrogance and ignorance when they are combined.

Q: Art is so subjective, what kind of art is unappealing to you?

PH: Boring Art.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as far as your art, inspiration or career? PH: Conceptual artists in the 70’s joked about this list but most of it still resonates with me a lot, I’ve passed it and the book it comes from along to a lot of people, including my own very talented daughter.




Sister Corita Kent, artist & educator, created this list as part of a project for a class she taught in 1967-1968. It was subsequently appropriated as the official Art Department rules at the College of LA’s Immaculate Heart Convent.














Peter, with daughter Alicia and studio companions Marley and Samba.
Peter, with daughter Alicia and studio companions Marley and Samba.

Q: What is most important to you…the subject, the process or the final work?

PH: Process!

Q: If your work was edible, what would it taste like? PH: Sweet, fresh strawberries. Q: What is the one thing you need in your studio to work, other than your art supplies? PH: Music and a cocktail, and ideally something to smoke. Q: What is your most favorite piece of your artwork on display in Galeria de Ida Victoria now, and why? PH: My favorite of my own work is probably that big blue aerial view called “Salt Flats,” because it has the flat vs depth dynamic working in a nice way and the palette is an Ocean Park type throw back



Salt Flats. Peter Holden. Mixed media on canvas. 46 x 54 inches
Salt Flats. Peter Holden. Mixed media on canvas. 46 x 54 inches