JONATHAN HOLLAND

JONATHAN HOLLAND


VANCOUVER, BC

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Born: Born in South Africa and raised in North Vancouver

About Artist:
Jonathan displayed his precociousness at an early age. His inclination to comprehend and retain complex information translated to various platforms. During his childhood and teenage years, he was an extreme mountain biker. When that became too dangerous for his own good, his need for expression took the most obvious route. Growing up in a painterly household, under the guidance and tutelage of his father, renowned watercolourist Kiff Holland, it was the quintessential and logical transition to harness that precocious energy into painting. Serious education began at Capilano University in the Graphic Design and Illustration program, but soon his true passion, the Fine Arts, was revealed. Transferring to the Studio Art program, Jonathan was exposed to figure drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and art history. Although he credits Capilano University as his initial foray into serious study, it quickly became apparent that he needed more involvement and a larger community of like-minded artists. He decided to move to Toronto, Ontario to attend the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) where he received his diploma, majoring in Drawing and Painting. The jewel of this stage of his education came when he was asked to attend OCAD's off-campus studies in Florence. While in Florence for that one year, Jonathan made a copious amount of studies that serves him today as a launching point for his paintings, which he shows through Harrison Galleries in Yaletown, Vancouver. In the recent past, Jonathan has taught painting and colour theory through the Cultural Arts Program in West Vancouver and other community centre venues. His love of teaching has led him to Michaels Arts & Crafts where he conducts painting workshops. In conjunction with his painting practice, he is currently working through a multi-canvas commission of illustrative oils. Jonathan lives in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver and still rides his bike as his main mode of transportation.