Holston, Joseph

Joseph Holston, born April 6, 1944, is a prominent American painter and printmaker acclaimed for his vibrant depictions of the African American experience. Employing a cubist-abstraction style, he utilizes vivid colors and expressive lines across various mediums such as painting, etching, silk screen, and collage. Raised in the tight-knit Black community of Hawkins Lane, Chevy Chase, Maryland, his art resonates with a profound Black identity cultivated during his upbringing. Holston embarked on his artistic journey over five decades ago, exploring diverse techniques including oil painting, etching, silk screen, and collage. Initially working in commercial art, he transitioned to full-time painting after intensive independent study and mentorship under renowned artists like Marcos Blahove and Richard Vernon Goetz.




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