Columbia Basin Herald - I-90 Project

May 1, 2019

Cheryl Schweizwer has written an article about the I-90 Project:

Holcomb’s paintings take their inspiration from the trip across Washington on Interstate 90 – literally. The entire exhibit is the view from I-90, but not just what’s visible along the roadside. Anybody who’s taken a car trip knows that sensation of blurred images – a passing truck, trees, road construction – glimpsed as the car speeds from one side of the state to the other.

Crosscut Review: Fred Holcomb: New Work

Dec 13, 2018

Michael Upchurch, art reviewer for The Seattle Times, Crosscut and other publications has written a review of my Dec. 2018 exhibit at Linda Hodges Gallery:

Seattle painter Fred Holcomb’s high-velocity encounters with the landscapes of the contemporary American West might be described as photorealism with a twist. The backgrounds of his oils on canvas may be impeccably crisp depictions of 

Sep. 26, 2018

“From the Landscape,” the current exhibit at the Spokane Community College Fine Arts Building features two artists who take inspiration from the outdoors in two very different ways.

Fred Holcomb’s paintings, courtesy of the Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle, are from his “I 90 Project.”

Many of Holcomb’s paintings show blurred landscapes, as one might see them while driving by.

The Stranger: Fred Holcomb

Nov. 3, 2016

They say: "For his 7th exhibition at the Linda Hodges Gallery, Fred Holcomb continues to mine the fertile ground of land- and seascape painting. Large in scale, some are very still and meditative with gargantuan skies and evergreens dotting the landscape, while others contain a sense of movement. Many show familiar Puget Sound sights. Each one is exquisitely rendered and offers fascinating perceptual challenges."

Link to The Stranger listing

Seattle Times: "Visual-art picks, Four exhibits with a nature theme"

Nov. 11, 2016

"Painter Fred Holcomb’s large-scale land- and seascape paintings depict scenes of the wide-open West. Some are blurry — as if you’re seeing them through the window of a moving vehicle — others show the calm, cool water of a serene lakeside setting. Holcomb’s work is on display now through Nov. 26 at Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle (lindahodgesgallery.com)."

Link to the Seattle Times Story

Seattle Times review: January 2015 Linda Hodges Exhibit

January 9, 2015

"Holcomb is entering beguiling new territory: landscapes of the mind, concocted from landscapes faithfully observed."Link to the The Michael Upchurch review 

Vanguard Seattle Art Walk Preview Guide

January, 2015

"Linda Hodges Gallery represents some of the finest modern landscape painters in the region—artists who frequently renew the genre with sensitivity and humor. Fred Holcomb’s work is squarely in that realm."Link to the Vanguard Preview

Seattle Met Event Listing: January 2015 Linda Hodges Exhibit

January, 2015

"It’s all a blur. Rapid motion underlines Fred Holcomb’s latest collection of paintings at Linda Hodges Gallery. His images of natural beauty evoke the view outside a speeding car on a remote two-lane road. The effect gives a vitality and sense of action to the lush still scenery."link to the event listing

Seattle Times, The Week Ahead. Arts and entertainment HIghlights

January 20, 2013

"The Seattle artist’s new exhibit of landscape paintings is called “A Beautiful Day in Paradise,” but what that title doesn’t tell you is that this is a “paradise” explored with a heavy foot on the gas pedal. Holcomb’s oils on canvas capture familiar Puget Sound sights at high speeds. Sights in the background may be in focus, but the foreground is a roadside automotive blur."link to the Seattle Times arts listing

Seattle Times, The Week Ahead. Top arts and entertainment picks.

November 27, 2011

"The Tacoma native's landscapes detail the "new normal" of development and nature existing as a single state. What's distinctive about Holcomb's places is that the viewer seems to be hurtling past them, rather than observing from a stationary position."link to the Seattle Times arts listing 

The Art Out There: Review of December 2011 Linda Hodges Exhibit

December 6, 2011

"Depicting the American landscape as seen from the road is not a new idea. But it is a solid one, handled here with tremendous effectiveness by Fred Holcomb"

 

link to the David Carmack Lewis review.

Coast Explorer article: "Expansive Reach"

Spring, 2010

"...large-scale abstract landscapes and seascapes attempting to evoke the wide open spaces of the American West and the vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean."

 

Link to the Veronica Russell article

Seattle Post Intelligencer: Review of group show "Painted On," curated by Carrie Scott

June 2, 2006

Artdish: Review of "Panorama," April 2005 Exhibit at Soloman Fine Art

April 1, 2006

"His basic relationship to the land remains,yet there are new ways of seeing."

 

(full text of review to be posted soon)

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