my most special opening night was the one that opened my eyes and mind to a new way of seeing line standing alone as more of a painting. I'm of course referring to the late dark night in my studio, shortly before meeting my friend, Sparky, (Charles M Schulz),
It’s as if James Brown was screaming his lyrics “I Got Ants In My Pants and I Need To Dance”, soon after day one of my inspirational 20 year relationship with my friend Charles M. Schulz. Although in my mind, instead of “I Need To Dance”, I was hearing, “I need to make new art”.
Shortly after our introduction, we sat in his studio drawing lines in sets of three identical lines. He was demonstrating that no lines, in each set of three looked the same. That the eye sees and thinks about each line in a new way. This concept of seeing the same thing in a new way became the foundation for the twenty-six years of my visual articulation ultimately influenced by the strategies of process in his linework.
Throughout the 25 years of visual Schulz-like subject matter, the soul of the work has had to grow through always seeing the making of painting in a new way in order to remain alive. Like the 70s funk music that this work was created with and named after, "I got soul and I'm SuperBad"
Moreover, both of the Snoopys in “Performance Art” are the result of the “Third Mind”. In Sparky’s early drawings of Snoopy standing on his hind legs, he was usually seated in a relaxed position on his legs with flat feet. I modeled the two Snoopys after a good friend’s dog named, Mick, who can stand on his toes, in a perfectly upright position, for an extraordinarily long amount of time while performing.
This year the devoted fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers will spend the whole season with the art of Stephen Holland literally in their hands. As Holland has been selected to be the cover artists for both the Dodgers’ 2015 Yearbook and Media Guide.
The relationships we see in Everhart's paintings are of course entirely different from those of Sparky (Schulz.) These are the relationships that are from Everhart's own life. And much of that life is spent by Tom and his wife Jennifer in their part-time home of Tahiti, where they often entertain their many friends from near and far. This is just one set of relationship Everhart has offered us in his recent series of work - Starry Starry Light.
For Holland, his own life's story has always been what has guided his artistic approach to his subjects. No matter how big the icon of sports, film, music, politics or even fiction, Holland's subjects have been, he's always seen his portraits as ones of his subject's fundamental character. As it's this, and this alone that Holland knows to be the source of their genuine greatness.