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This is a large and intriguing vintage 1960’s – 1970’s artwork done in mosaic
ceramic tiles and glazed panels. The three-tiered composition has at the top a
triangular plaque depicting a cobbler sitting at his bench. Below, the largest
rectangle, entitled “Rabbits Food” or "Rabbits Foot" shows a man and woman
dancing while a group of young girls stands to the side.
The lower plaque shows one side of a mixed doubles tennis match which at the
bottom is surrounded by an amazing palette of colored tiles in geometric shapes
Condition is complete and very good with no missing or broken tiles. The only
small issue is the upper right side of the frame joint which is slightly
separated, we believe it can be reattached by a skillful person. The tiny
separation is not loose or detached from the piece to the point of affecting
the work and it could still likely be displayed on a wall.
Signed Lower Right "Holleman" Artwork measures approximately 37-1/2” x
15-1/4”; the mosaic is in original artist's unfinished silver/gray wood frame,
it measures approximately 1/2” in width.
David Holleman was born in Arlington, Massachusetts on January 20, 1927 and
cannot remember a time when he did not want to be an artist. He attended
Children's Art Center on Ruggles Street in the South End and age 9 and 10 and
by high school wanted to become a portrait painter. He studied at the Scott
Carbee School of Art nights for three years.
He sang in the choir at Emmanuel Church in Boston for three years and the
experience introduced him to Boston and began his love of the city as
landscape. He developed an interest in Judaism, Jewish legends, history, law
and lore and became a basis for much of his future artwork.
After serving in the Army in Berlin in 1945 he met a group of German
Expressionist artists. Through them he became acquainted with the work of Carl
Hofer, who inspired him to turn from paint to ceramics when he entered the
Boston Museum School in 1948.
Mr. Holleman's pottery won prizes at the National Ceramics Shows and has been
purchased by the National Gallery in Washington D.C.; the Carnegie Institute,
PA; Syracuse Museum, NY; Louisville Junior Museum, KY; Middlebury College Art
Museum, VT and Marshall Field in Chicago.
He turned from ceramics to mosaics and evolved a style of "cityscapes" in
which subtle architectural forms create a background of undulating shapes,
volumes, colors and textures. His mosaics have won national prizes, including
the 1954 Designer Craftsman Show in Brooklyn, NY and the 1954 Architectural
League Gold Medal Competition. Panels are in the collections of the Jewish
Museum in NYC, Boston University, MA, Brandeis University, MA and Dartmouth
College, Hanover, NH.