RICHARD J.HOLLAND BIOGRAPHY
Richard Holland, brings his production designer skills to his artistic vision in his growing body of dimensional fine artwork. His unique and highly original style reflects a montage of storytelling that brings together his experiences, influences and skilled techniques. The artwork is visually beautiful, yet layered with a dark underlying psyche.His ornately carved picture frames and graphic images portray life as scripted worlds, encapsulated in time. The world is a magnificent stage where pathways cross and realities unfold before our very eyes; a world captured within and outside the box.
Richard achieves a keen physical layering in his works that contributes to the rich layers of storytelling as expected from a Hollywood production designer’s skillset. Each work is infused with layers of History as much as his own personal history in entertainment.The hand-carved picture frames are an integral part of the storytelling and relate to picture frames as storytelling throughout art history. Artists such as Rowlandson,Cruickshank and Gilray. to American Folk Art,Fairground Art to Modern artists like Mark Ryden and Michael Charles Ray have all got their influences.
The artworks use perspective, computer compositing and skill-based production design techniques like draftsmanship, drawing, and painting learned in the European tradition of apprenticeship training when Richard started in the film industry. The work begins with freehand drawing and utilizes layers of techniques. The cut outs in the work derive from the use of perspective used in films Richard worked on like Indiana Jones, Labyrinth and Roger Rabbit. The colors used in the artworks are a purposeful muted palette that telegraphs the American images from the past in the work. Influences from Past entertainment such as the Circus and Fairgrounds are ever present mixed with his love for Americana.The layering effects in each work tell the deeper story of it all. The curtain opens and the stage is set.
Holland’s work draws upon his continuous film-designing years, working with some of the most successful directors, producers and talent of our time—Ray Harryhausen,Franco Zeffirelli, Michael Bay, Michael Mann, Michael Cimino, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Jim Henson, George Lucas, Peter Hyams, Joel Schumacher, Robert Zemeckis, Richard Lester, Lyndsay Anderson, George Harrison and the great futurist, Syd Mead—on some of the most dynamic and memorable films of this and past generations—Last of the Mohicans, Princess Bride, Roger Rabbit,Batman, James Bond, Labyrinth, Indiana Jones, Superman and Dark Crystal, The Pilot CSI which launched the most successful TV Franchise ever to the newly revived and beloved Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise.
He also has Designed the World’s largest Slot Machine, Slotzilla,for downtown Las Vegas & theme park attractions.
Designed a Medieval Shopping complex for the City of Antwerp, a time traveling experience for Sterling Castle Scotland and a Below the Ocean Museum for Dubai.
This expansive and rich entertainment industry experience informs and enriches Holland’s personal artistic path. Known for his work creating some of the most visually dynamic and iconic films of this generation, it is his fine artwork that completes his personal narrative.
Academic Consultant for Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) 5 year Curriculum review on Production Design.
Lectured Faculty at Art Center Pasadena on Production Design.
Lectured at Montana University on Production Design.
Mentored Students at Hollywood Institute of the Arts on Production Design.
Lectured at Otis College of Art and Design on Production Design for Today & Tomorrow
Judge at AFI for the film and animation students final year ‘Degree Showcase’.
Produced a short animated film, Mila, at the Hollywood Institute of the Arts. Project involved teaching local students in the classroom and across a secured FTP platform international from Russia to Australia..
Judge for the Cable Ace and TV Awards.
Selected by the Art Directors Guild as a panelist of six Designers for a seminar on the Strategies and Function for Tomorrows Art Department.
Consultant with the formation of a company called Eevolver that offers a revolutionary new approach to the art department and VFX production process.
Member, ADG: Art Directors Guild of America IATSE Local 800
Member, TAG: The American Animation Guild Local 843
Founding Member, BAFTA: The British Film Designers Guild
Member of Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA)
Oct 2016 Apero Gallery Exhibited at an Exhibition of paintings on America.
Oct 2016 International Special Merit Award from Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery for the Painting Cut-Outs at OK Corral. Featured in a six page interview for Art Reveal Magazine Issue 22 Oct 2016.