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William Holton
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint

ARTIST STATEMENT: My painting practice begins with intentionality, establishing a system that gradually moves beyond my control to become self-regulating. I set myself a few simple rules, and then, using compressed air to create and move small currents of paint, I yield control to my materials and the resulting complex patterns that emerge from their interaction. This process occurs over many layers, resulting in overlaid patterns, which interconnect and play off one another so that new patterns emerge. The colors, too, take on a life of their own, as the painting progresses. Although I commit to specific colors at the outset, once a given color is introduced into a field of layers, optical mixing occurs, creating new colors over which I no longer have control. Thus color creates color, shape creates shape, in a self-regulating system of exponentially growing complexity. I developed this approach out of my fascination with complex systems in nature, and the dynamic interplay of structure and contingency that makes up the universe. I am interested in how systems, on every scale of magnitude, accommodate exponential growth, how chance and uncertainty produce richly configured, ever-changing structures which are again, subject to chance and uncertainly.

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William Holton
studio: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

2013 Spirals and Votecies, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Surface Tension, Goodyear Gallery at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
2010 Configuration Spaces, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Sideshow Nation II: At The Alamo, Sideshow Gallery. Brooklyn, NY
The Beauty of Friends Coming Together: : Surviving Sandy, Year 1, Brooklyn, New York
C'est Brooklyn-Paper, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Working It Out, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Nature's Art: Geodes from the Collection of Robert Wiener, Rye Art’s Center, Rye, NY
Paperazzi 2, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Sideshow Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
From Where I Stand, Rye Arts Center, Rye, NY
VOX VIII, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Natural/Constructed Spaces II, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Summer Snacks, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Transformation-Transcreation, Summer Group Show, Hogarth Worldwide, New York, NY
Drawing the Mind, Osilas Gallery at Concordia College, NY
Paperazzi, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Thinking Through Drawing: Practice Into Knowledge, Macy Art Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University, curated by Andrea Kantrowitz
Bsides, York College Art Gallery, Queens, NY, curated by Melanie Vote and Linnea Paskow
Paper 2011, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Snow, XL Projects, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, curated by Yvonne Buchanan
2010 Summer Love, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Paper Works, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Year 5, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Fugue, Miranda Fine Arts, Port Chester, Ny
2007 Le Petit Monde, Le Petit Versailles, New York, NY
2006 Holton/Mandell, Miranda Fine Arts, Port Chester, NY
Participated in Toy Box benefit auction for White Box Gallery, Robert Miller Gallery, NY
2005 Affordable Art Fair, NYC, with Nahcotta, Inc, Portsmouth, NH
Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art, Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY, curated by Stephen Westfall
2004 Elemental, Miranda Fine Arts, Port Chester, NY
2003 Nature, Language, Symbol; The Poetics of Drawing, Henaine/Miranda Contemporary Art Projects, Port Chester, New York
Work for Sacred Space, Philadelphia Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA
Contemporary Drawing 2003, TW Wood Gallery and Arts Center, Montpelier, VT
Unfoldingobject: Critical Selections. 1, Miranda Fine Arts, Port Chester, NY
2002 Transformation, Municipal Museum Gallery, Sakai City, Japan
20th Annual National Small Works Exhibition, Schorarie County Arts Council, Cobleskill, NY
The Mark, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI
2001 Transparent Things, Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN
Abstraction for a New Millennium, Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY, curated by Anne Ellegood, NewMuseum of Contemporary Art, NY
New American Paintings/Southern Edition, Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA
Artstravaganza 13, Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN

2002 Edna C. and Monroe Gutman Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (also 2001)
Neil Welliver Award, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Second Place, All Media Juried Exhibition, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
Nominee, University of Pennsylvania candidate for the Dedalus Foundation Fellowship
2001 Fellowship Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2000 Merit Award, Artstravaganza 13, Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN
1999 President’s Award, Juried Exhibition 1999
Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA
1996 Regional Visual Arts Fellowship, Southern Arts Federation/NEA

2011 Sylvia Smith Dickinson College Artist in Residence, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
2001 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2004 D. Dominick Lombardi, “Swirls and Squiggles: The Geometry of Biology,” The New York Times,November 7th
2003 William Zimmer, “Drawings, Revealing Quirks And Idiosyncracies,” The New York Times, October5th, (reproduction)
2003 Anne Galloway, “Wood’s National Survey: Contemporary Drawing 2003,” The Times Argus, May30
2002 Kate Williamson, “Bold New Exhibition Makes the Mark at Hera Gallery,” The Narragansett Times,May 9-10, (reproduction)
2001 Heather Joyner, “The Stuff of Three Lives,” Knoxville Metro Pulse, September 20-27
1999 Helen A. Harrison, “When Exhibition Space Undergoes a Sea Change,” New York Times, January14
Mark Erickson, “Fine Art Center’s Show…,” Daily News, Newport News,VA,September 19,(reproduction)
Heather Joyner, “The View From Next Door,” Knoxville Metro Pulse, July15-22(reproduction)
1994 Jerry Cullum, “Critic’s Notebook-William Holton,” Atlanta Journal Constitution, January 29

2003 MFA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1991 BFA (painting and printmaking), Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA

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