John Holcomb
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Comfort Culture

An artistic study of the comforts of culture in America. 
2015-2018

 

 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 on the positives of staying separate (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 historical origins, the brightly colored patchwork quilt of American culture comes into clear focus.

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 on the positives of staying separate (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 historical origins, the brightly colored patchwork quilt of American culture comes into clear focus.

Couple 'O Cowpokes, 52" x 42", acrylic and oil on canvas, 2018

Couple 'O Cowpokes, 52" x 42", acrylic and oil on canvas, 2018

Morning Rounds, 58" x 52", acrylic and oil on framed canvas, 2018

Morning Rounds, 58" x 52", acrylic and oil on framed canvas, 2018

Blues Brothers, 43" x 53", acrylic and oil on framed canvas, 2018

Blues Brothers, 43" x 53", acrylic and oil on framed canvas, 2018

Orchard Outing, 34" x 51", acrylic and oil on framed canvas, 2018

Orchard Outing, 34" x 51", acrylic and oil on framed canvas, 2018

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

Sunday Afternoon, 76" x 54", acrylic and oil on framed canvas, 2018

Sunday Afternoon, 76" x 54", acrylic and oil on framed canvas, 2018

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

Wild West, 59" x 45", acrylic and oil pastel on framed canvas, 2017

Wild West, 59" x 45", 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

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

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

Coming Home, 54" x 76", acrylic and oil on framed canvas, 2018

Coming Home, 54" x 76", acrylic and oil on framed canvas, 2018

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

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