Thomas Hölzer was born in Cologne, Germany, where he began his study of Fine Art at the Cologne Kunsthochscule. In 1984 he came to America to study at the famed Pilchuck School. Hölzer spent many years living and working in Boulder, Colorado before relocating to New Mexico.
For Thomas Hölzer, one mode of expression is not enough. Glass designer and mosaicist, he settled in Taos to persue his freest medium yet, mixed media paintings on prepared surfaces. Each medium is influenced and inspired in its own way for Hölzer. Paintings are layered and built up with composites and mixed media until the anticipated result is achieved. His mosaics have been closely tied to his journeys along rivers of the American Southwest while his long years working in architectural glass are most closely linked to his imagination, the environment and his two decades of exposure to the medium.
‘In all my work’ Hölzer explains, ‘I translate feelings and surroundings into their contemporary counterpart, regardless of medium’.
When creating a piece, conceptual lines and shapes are captured in charcoal. When initial ideas are finalized, they explode on the chosen surface. By combining an innovative artistic approach with technical expertise, Hölzer’s work is created with high aesthetic sensibility.
About PureAbstractMost of Thomas Hölzer’s work is done in series, stretching at times over years, in some cases from one medium to another. To find the right presentation, current work on board, canvas and masonite is elevated on 2” deep frames built in his studio, with the desire, that framing his work will become obsolete.
To translate feelings and surroundings into their contemporary counterpart, Hölzer’s paintings are layered and built up with composites and mixed media until the anticipated result is achieved. One often finds a combination of collective media combined within each work.
What had started decades ago with designs for glass and mosaic work eventually merged in his recent paintings, part translucency, part three dimensionality, carried out through strong statements of independency.
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