Press Release



 Galerie Richard present the first Kunstmatrix online solo exhibition of American painter Dennis Hollingsworth titled Prado, Post-Prado: The Complete Series. The first works have been created by the artist in Spain and exhibited in the gallery in Paris in 2019. Additional paintings have been created in New York City and have been presented in the New York gallery. For the first time you can have access to the full exhibition of the complete Series. This complete Series is available for exhibitions in art museums and art centers.

 

This Series of works commemorate the anniversary of the seminal moment in his early teenage years when he realized that painting was his destiny as he stood mesmerized in front of Goya’s “Saturn Devouring His Children” in the Prado Museum, Madrid.  His journey fifty years hence is shown in a selection of paintings that tell the backstory of his oeuvre. 

“It was 1969, I was 13 years old …But it was a specific moment of my experience in the Prado, after the sequence of the galleries of Bosch, Dürer, Velasquez, Ribera... that I came upon Goya: his cartoons for the tapestries, his court paintings and then his Black Paintings. I was standing in front of the famous Saturn. My sense is that it wasn't as famous then as it is now. That's my impression, but I might be mistaken. I was standing in front of "Saturn..." and Goya's world of paint telescoped into my eyes and mind. Everything and everyone around me disappeared and the only things that exist for that long, super-saturated moment were this painting and me. I don't know exactly how long that moment lasted. It could have been forever, or it could have been only a minute, or it could have been both. And as the ordinary world returned to my senses, a resolution grew within me to become an artist, to become a painter, to return and remain in that realm so saturated with paint and churning with arts' urgent impulse..”

Dennis Hollingsworth achieved international recognition in the 90’s by adding sculptural shapes of oil painting on raw canvases, making a statement about the revival of Painting in a prolonged period in which the mainstream intellectuals pretended that Painting was dead. For over twenty years, he has been searching for the extents of embodied paint.  Within the limits of the surface tension of impasto, his recombinant lexicon of form involving prickly balls, stamps, stomps, flings, prints, and flowering peels of paint.

 

The diversity of his painting practice is mirrored in the diversity of his experience.  Born in Madrid, Spain, his childhood was spent in eleven locations around the world, including The Philippines, Panama, and The USA.  Once a sailor in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, always an architect by way of his first degree, he is a graduate of the Claremont Graduate University in Southern California.  His works are in the permanent collections of the MOCA Los Angeles, CA, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS, The Akron Museum, Akron OH, The Akzo Nobel Collection, Amsterdam, Netherlands, The Colección Riera Roura, Barcelona, Spain. 

Dennis Hollingsworth lives and works in NYC and in Tossa de Mar, Spain’s Catalan, Costa Brava.