Painting in Italy April 28 - July 5

I arrive in Catania, Sicily for an extended painting expedition April 29. Six of my students will join me May 4th for a two week workshop. We will explore and paint Taormina, Siracusa, Vittoria, Ragusa, and Agrigento - among other exceptional locations on this sun drenched island.

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On May 19th, Beryl Landau will join me. We will begin our slow journey to northern Italy in Cefalu. After a week in Cefalu, we will proceed to the mainland stopping in Matera, Ostuni, Aquila, Rome, Florence and Lugo in Emilia-Romagna.

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My studio at 351 Lewis Street in Oakland will be closed during this period. There will be no Last Sunday Open Studios.

Luna Rienne Gallery

During our absence you may find some examples of Beryl Landau’s and Anthony Holdsworth’s paintings at Luna Rienne Gallery, 3318 22nd St., San Francisco.

Exhibition of Italian Paintings at Luna Rienne Gallery in Nov 9 -Dec 2, 2019

Luna Rienne will feature some of our best works from our Italian painting tour as well, as new paintings of San Francisco, in October, 2019.

Holiday Exhibition Sat-Sun Nov 24-25 1 PM - 6 PM

I will open my studio for a Holiday Exhibition the weekend of November 24 - 25 from I PM - 6 PM. Works of view will include paintings of San Francisco, Oakland, Italy ,Mexico as well as my Garden Series.

I will provide refreshments, and guests will be welcome to explore my storage racks.

“Late Afternoon Lake Merritt”, 22” X 36 “, oil/canvas  This is a study for a painting that was commissioned for the Dublin Courthouse by the Alameda Art Commission. It will be on display at my Holiday Exhibition.

“Late Afternoon Lake Merritt”, 22” X 36 “, oil/canvas

This is a study for a painting that was commissioned for the Dublin Courthouse by the Alameda Art Commission. It will be on display at my Holiday Exhibition.

My paintings bear witness, from the street, to a variety of places and cultures. They need to be viewed first hand to be fully appreciated. Small jpegs on a glowing screen are a poor substitute for the real thing. This is why I invite you to visit me in my studio.

If, however, you wish to follow the progress of my work and gain a glimpse of earlier series, you may follow me on Instagram: @holdsworthpaintings

“La Victoria in Light of the Fires” 15 x 20”, oil/panel, 11.9.2018  Within days of the closure of this Mission District icon San Francisco was blanketed in smoke from the wildfire that consumed the city of Paradise. It is part of a series entitled “In Light of the Fires”

“La Victoria in Light of the Fires” 15 x 20”, oil/panel, 11.9.2018

Within days of the closure of this Mission District icon San Francisco was blanketed in smoke from the wildfire that consumed the city of Paradise. It is part of a series entitled “In Light of the Fires”

For directions to my studio; http://www.anthonyholdsworth.com/visit-studio/

My studio will continue to be open the Last Sunday of every month from 1 PM - 6 PM except for May and June of 2019 when I will be traveling and painting in Italy.

Two Upcoming Exhibitions

  1. Paintings of Nicaragua and Mexico

Alley Cat Gallery, 3036 24th Street

April 2 - April 29,  Reception: April 6,  7 - 9 PM

The Festival of Diriamba, Nicaragua, 1984    Un Rincon de la Plaza Grande, Patzcuaro, Mexico

The Festival of Diriamba, Nicaragua, 1984    Un Rincon de la Plaza Grande, Patzcuaro, Mexico

Paintings created over many years based on travels in Nicaragua and Mexico. Some have never been exhibited before.

Special guests at the reception: Nina Serrano and Francisco Herrera. I will also be screening a short video at 8 PM entitled "Mexico en mi Corazon"       Join us: www.alleycatbookshop.com

2. San Francisco in Transition:

Anthony Holdsworth and Beryl Landau

Luna Rienne Gallery, 3318 22nd St

April 28 - May 28, Reception: April 28 7 - 9 PM

Paintings by Anthony Holdsworth

Paintings by Anthony Holdsworth

We have both been painting San Francisco for decades. This is only the second time that we have shown exclusively together. Join us: www.lunarienne.com

Paintings by Beryl Landau

Paintings by Beryl Landau

Painters Exploring Italy - Extended 2 weeks

Beryl Landau and Anthony Holdsworth

September 14 to October 27, 2017

Opening Reception, Thurs. Sept. 14, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Video Presentation: Sept. 28, 6:30 PM

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

601 Van Ness Avenue

Opera Plaza, SF

Gallery Hours M-F 10 AM - 5 PM

 

View from the Trastevere, Landau                                                                               The Fish Market, Catania, Holdsworth

View from the Trastevere, Landau                                                                               The Fish Market, Catania, Holdsworth

Background on this exhibition:

My arrival in Italy in the late Sixties utterly changed my life. I reached Florence penniless having hitchhiked from Paris. By chance, I was offered a job helping clean up the churches after the catastrophic flood of Nov 1966. I soon became Head of Outdoor Restoration for the Uffizi. Thus I was able to live for a year and half in a tiny rooftop apartment just a stone's throw from the Palazzo Vecchio at a time when the historic center was still a thriving Italian city. Almost below my 'attico', on Via dei Rustici,  was a tiny butcher shop. The butcher would compose extemporaneous verse to accompany each purchase. Also close by was a trattoria frequented by Florentine transvestites. 

The traditional quality of Florentine life was a revelation to me. I could walk fifteen minutes into the hills beyond the city walls and stand in fields where the 'contadini' were ploughing with oxen. Or I could wander the narrow streets of the Oltrarno where craftsmen still practiced trades initiated in the Renaissance. One of my favorite places to hang out and sketch was the Mercato Centrale which, in those days had a large outdoor market filled with wheeled carts with bright awnings. 

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What made the most lasting impression on me, as an artist, was the intimate connection between the art on the walls of the churches and the daily life of Florentines. 

Returning to Italy with Beryl Landau !984 - 2014

Beryl above Taormina                                                      Approaching Stromboli                                       Painting the Fish Market, Catania

Beryl above Taormina                                                      Approaching Stromboli                                       Painting the Fish Market, Catania

I returned to Italy, for the first time, in the mid eighties with Beryl Landau. We enjoyed traveling and painting in the 'Bel Paese' so much that we continued to visit every other year. This exhibition features a small selection of the work we created over these three decades.

                              The Amalfi Coast, Landau                                                                             Piazza Kalsa, Palermo. Holdsworth

                              The Amalfi Coast, Landau                                                                             Piazza Kalsa, Palermo. Holdsworth

                         Roman outlook, Landau                                                        Cinque Terre out my Window, Holdsworth

                         Roman outlook, Landau                                                        Cinque Terre out my Window, Holdsworth

Video Screening, Thursday, September 28, 6:30 PM

The Istituto would like you to sign up for this event on their Website  

The 38 minute video that we will screen at the Istituto is a visual diary of our last two month painting excursion. Though mostly focused on our travels from Catania, Sicily via the Aeolian Islands, Naples and Rome to Emilia-Romagna, it also makes passing reference to the huge changes that I have witnessed in Italy since the mid Sixties.  It features guitar and mandolin music by Hugo Wainzinger and Al Fabrizio.

After the screening we will answer questions about our travels and our paintings. Join us!

Anthony painting above Naples.                                                                      Leaving Catania.                    Beryl above Castellammare                                                                             

Anthony painting above Naples.                                                                      Leaving Catania.                    Beryl above Castellammare