John Holcomb
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Comfort Culture

An artistic study of the comforts of culture in middle America. 
2015-2017

 

 Culture is a beautiful part of life. In a day and age where everything and everyone seems to be losing sanity, knowing where we came from is comforting. From style and pattern to our hobbies – culture is passed down from generation to generation. The internet age has blended those lines, in some ways for the better and in some ways for the worse.   Growing up in the middle of America, Holcomb saw cultures blend firsthand. In the middle of the melting pot, culture can appear to be homogenized, but in fact it lives on in small community groups and small towns that strive to retain those threads of origin.   In this series of paintings Holcomb focuses in the things that makes maintaining separate cultures great (pattern, color, style of music, etc) as well as the benefits to blurring the lines (working and existing together). By utilizing imagery from over 100 years ago from a variety of sources, the paintings effectively distance themselves from the modern era.

Culture is a beautiful part of life. In a day and age where everything and everyone seems to be losing sanity, knowing where we came from is comforting. From style and pattern to our hobbies – culture is passed down from generation to generation. The internet age has blended those lines, in some ways for the better and in some ways for the worse. 

Growing up in the middle of America, Holcomb saw cultures blend firsthand. In the middle of the melting pot, culture can appear to be homogenized, but in fact it lives on in small community groups and small towns that strive to retain those threads of origin. 

In this series of paintings Holcomb focuses in the things that makes maintaining separate cultures great (pattern, color, style of music, etc) as well as the benefits to blurring the lines (working and existing together). By utilizing imagery from over 100 years ago from a variety of sources, the paintings effectively distance themselves from the modern era.

Medicine Crow 1880, 58" x 48", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Medicine Crow 1880, 58" x 48", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Potawatomi Rider, 66" x 57", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Potawatomi Rider, 66" x 57", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Sitting Chief 1900, 70" x 50", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Sitting Chief 1900, 70" x 50", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Pueblo Elder 1900, 58" x 48", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Pueblo Elder 1900, 58" x 48", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Native Daughter 1890, 55" x 48", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Native Daughter 1890, 55" x 48", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

John Holcomb, The Boys of Summer detail

John Holcomb, The Boys of Summer detail

Hired Gun, 59" x 45", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Hired Gun, 59" x 45", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

The Boys of Summer, 63" x 57", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

The Boys of Summer, 63" x 57", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Feathered Friend, 66" x 47", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Feathered Friend, 66" x 47", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Supply Run, 57" x 80", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Supply Run, 57" x 80", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Sowing Season, 57" x 50", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Sowing Season, 57" x 50", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

John Holcomb, Hired Gun detail

John Holcomb, Hired Gun detail

Sun Bleached Afternoon, 61" x 54", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

Sun Bleached Afternoon, 61" x 54", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

The Blacksmith Boys, 43" x 57", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

The Blacksmith Boys, 43" x 57", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

John Holcomb, Feathered Friend detail

John Holcomb, Feathered Friend detail

Hired Hands, 43" x 38", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

Hired Hands, 43" x 38", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

Greyhound Guys, 53" x 34", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

Greyhound Guys, 53" x 34", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

Apricot Afternoon, 50" x 35", acrylic, spray paint and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

Apricot Afternoon, 50" x 35", acrylic, spray paint and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

Front Lawn Sitters, 66" x 55", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

Front Lawn Sitters, 66" x 55", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

Round 'Em Up!, 39" x 49", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

Round 'Em Up!, 39" x 49", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

John Holcomb, Topeka Kansas 2016

John Holcomb, Topeka Kansas 2016

Strum, 45" x 27", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

Strum, 45" x 27", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

The Fiddler, 45" x 27", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

The Fiddler, 45" x 27", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2016

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