Original semi-abstract oil painting in bespoke frame
The Stargazer by David Holt
Painted in April 1997, The Stargazer is a semi abstract oil on canvas in a bespoke hand painted frame made by the artist. The painting depicts a mysterious figure and whirligig looking into the night. The painting measures 30 × 25cm, the frame measures 42 × 37cm.
Signed, dated and titled verso.
David Holt (1928–2014). Born in Hythe, Kent. Painter and Lecturer in Art. After National Service, he trained at the Canterbury School of Art, the Hammersmith School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools where he was awarded a medal for drawing and the Knapping Prize. He joined a studio-workshop with Gerald Holtom in 1958 where he designed and produced proscenium curtains for schools. In 1958 he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship and travelled across America, producing many drawings and prints of the Pueblo Indians and their life-dance in Santa Fe in New Mexico. He returned to England in 1960 where he continued to paint and work on large textile appliques for schools, churches, and private houses including Spade House in Kent, the former home of H G Wells.
He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1962, and in 1964 was commissioned to design and make a large textile applique 'Christ in Majesty' which still hangs in the chapel of Christ Church College in Canterbury.
He was Head of Art at Canterbury Christ Church University until his retirement in 1995. He exhibited widely in the UK and the States and worked with many art societies and summer schools across East Kent.
This painting is in very good condition. The frame has some light marking and splash marks remains an integral and attractive companion to the painting.