Bold and Brand New
5th to 26th May 2017
420 Broad Street
Bold and Brand New is an exhibition of new work by two Jacksonville-based artists: John Beard and Holly Blanton. John and Holly are both accomplished artists with substantial bodies of work. This exhibition shows some of their most recent explorations in large scale painting, mixed media and dynamic gesture.
John Beard is a self-taught American artist recognized for his complex use of color, movement and distinct style. John has amassed a cadre of admirers and collectors. His work has been featured in many renowned private collections, design-related publications and exhibitions. For years John lived abroad in the ministry, working tirelessly to feed the hungry, providing medical attention, warm clothes and an inspirational message to children in over 35 nations. Driven now to create art, his past and present coalesce on canvas in his expressive and dynamic paintings.
Holly Blanton is an American artist, currently painting in Atlantic Beach, Florida. Holly's artwork involves the layering of paint and the integration of textures across a canvas to create ethereal, serene and subtly complex abstracts. Using vivid colors, both bright and dark, she strives to bring forth an experience of emotion to the viewer. Holly graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Arizona State University and has been painting professionally for the last ten years. Her work continues to evolve and will influence painters and enlighten art lovers well into the future.