George Holt Archive - About

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STATEMENT

My method of working is based on the belief that intuition and spontaneity produce better results for me than careful planning and execution. Usually it involves composing directly on the ‘canvas’ and constantly reacting to what has previously happened in the work for stimulation to further activity. If things go well, a synthesis of abstract elements in aesthetic equilibrium results , which equates to the dynamic or reposeful feelings that have been experienced whilst working.

George Holt
Eagle Works

George Holt’s Life

George Holt was born in Salford on Christmas Day 1924. When he was six the family moved to Wolverhampton. He attended elementary school in Wolverhampton and St Joseph’s Senior Boys School until December 1938 when he went to work at Boulton and Paul Aircraft Company Ltd., Wolverhampton initially as ‘gate boy’. It was here, from 1940 to 1945 that he did a five-year aircraft apprenticeship and trained as a draftsman. Between the years 1945 and 1959, he worked in the design offices of various companies, including de Havilland Propellor Co. in Hatfield, Helliwells Ltd. in Birmingham and Marston Excelsior Ltd., Wolverhampton, eventually leaving his post as Assistant Section Leader to become a lecturer in September 1959 at what was then the Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Technical College, later to become Wolverhampton Polytechnic and then University. In September 1983, he took early redundancy from his Senior Lectureship post and devoted himself full-time to his art work.

George Holt was largely self-taught as an artist but a glance at the notes he made about his art experience shows that he attended evening classes in art for many years from 1948 to 1971 and was tutored by numerous people including Harry Turner and latterly Christopher Bourne under whose tutelage he flourished. From 1971 to 1982 he taught art classes at Codsall Evening Institute taking over from Christopher Bourne. To widen his experience, from 1983 to 1985, he attended pottery classes at the Adult Centre, Wolverhampton before going on to complete an Access Course in Art Studies at Bilston Community College. In 1986, George became a member of the Eagle Works Artists Group in Wolverhampton where he had a studio until April 2005. George was also a member of the Birmingham Art Trust.

George was a prolific artist. His artist’s statement reflects his open-minded and experimental attitude to art: “My method of working is based on the belief that intuition and spontaneity produce better results for me than planning and careful execution.” He worked in many media and was never happier than when he was in his studio. His work is in the public collection of Wolverhampton Art Gallery where he ran various workshops in 1988. He had a great interest in child development and art and gave talks at various venues on this subject. In 1990 he did a stint as Artist in Residence at Bolton Royal Junior and Infants School, Leeds. He was influenced by many artists but none more so than Terry Frost, of the St Ives School, whose work he collected. He would spend several weeks each spring in St Ives visiting the various galleries and studios there and drawing inspiration from the landscape.

In February 2005, George was diagnosed with terminal cancer but he continued to put together work for what was to be his final exhibition, an exhibition of black and white monoprints at the Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton. This exhibition was opened by Brendan Flynn, the then Keeper of Modern Art at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, who paid tribute to George’s dedication to a life in art and his prolific output. Unfortunately, George was too ill to attend the opening of the exhibition on Friday 8th April 2005. Two days later, George passed away in Compton Hospice, Wolverhampton.

In the summer of 2005, Eagle Works artists put on a Group Show called “Is it Real?”, curated and selected by Brendan Flynn. The show was dedicated to the memory of George Holt (1924-2005).

EXHIBITIONS

1972 to 77 Dudley Art Gallery - Mid Art Open Exhibitions
1973 to 87 Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Exhibitions
1975 Dudley Post Office - Art in Post Offices**
1977 Worcester Art Gallery - Open Exhibition
1978 to 84 Dudley Art Gallery - Mid Art Open Exhibitions
1984 Tettenhall Gallery, Wolverhampton - Open Drawing
1985 Dudley Art Gallery - Mid Art Open
1986 Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton - First Group
Exhibition
1986 Bilston Art Gallery - Eagle Works Group Exhibition
1987 Birmingham University - Eagle Works Group Exhibition
1987 Eagle Works Gallery - Exhibition of Drawings
1987 Eagle Works Gallery - Group Exhibition
1987 Dudley Teachers’ Centre - Recent Paintings**
1988 Eagle Works Gallery - Group Exhibition and Open Studios
1988 Keele University - Eagle Works at Keele
1988 Eagle Works Gallery - Exhibition of Drawings
1988 Bilston Art Gallery - New Art Series**
1989 Dudley Art Gallery - Mid Art Open
1989 Eagle Works Gallery - Group Exhibition and Open
Studios
1990 Eagle Works Gallery - Aspects of Mind**
1990 Eagle Works Gallery - Recent Work and Open Studios
1990 Hanover Gallery, Liverpool - Abstractions**
1991 Dudley Art Gallery - Mid Art Open
1991 Eagle Works Gallery - Exhibition and Open Studios
1991 Salthouse Gallery, St. Ives - Mixed Show
1991 Easthorpe Gallery, Mirfield - Eagle Works Group Show
1992 Dudley Art Gallery - Mid Art Open
1992 Bilston Art Gallery - New Works from Eagle Works
1992 Salthouse Gallery, St. Ives - Mixed Show
1992 Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry - Coventry Open Exhibition
1992 Hunting/Observer Open Exhibition - Mall Galleries, London and Kimberlin Gallery, Leicester Polytechnic
1993 MAC Cotton Gallery, Birmingham - Five Artists from Eagle Works
1993 Dudley Art Gallery - Mid Art Open
1994 Eagle Works Gallery – 10th Anniversary Exhibition and Open Studios
1994 Dudley Art Gallery - Mid Art Open
1995 West Midland Arts, Birmingham - Eagle Works Selection
1995 Eagle Works Gallery - Group Exhibition and Open Studios
1995/6 The City Gallery, Leicester - Touring Show of Contemporary Collage
1995/6 Derby Art Gallery - Derby City Open Exhibition (Commended)
1996 Himley Hall, Dudley - Mid Art Open Exhibition
1996 Bilston Art Gallery - Centenary Exhibition
1996/7 Bilston Art Gallery - Eagle Works Group Exhibition
1997 Eagle Works Gallery - Works on Paper
1998 Eagle Works Gallery – In House ‘98
1999 to 2001 Eagle Works Gallery – Group Exhibitions and Open Studios
2002 Eagle Works Gallery – George Holt, Inner Promptings*
2003 to 2004 Eagle Works Gallery – Group Exhibitions and Open Studios
2005 Eagle Works Gallery – Recent Works*
2005 Eagle Works Gallery – Group Show ‘Is It Real?’ Exhibition selected and curated by Brendan Flynn, Keeper of the Modern Art, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and dedicated to the memory of George Holt (1924-2005). This exhibition included work by George Holt


2017 Room Art – Group Exhibitions

2017 CCCA (Coventry Centre for Contemporary Art)  - Solo Exhibition

 

This page is made to showing artworks of George Holt (1924-2005). All works which we will show, we will show by permission of Jane Holt.