Behind the Scenes at the DAM

Artist on Artist: Grace Hollenbeck on Joan Miró

Denver artist Grace Hollenbeck is a yearly participant in the Denver Chalk Art Festival and has also done street painting at the annual "Festival Italiano" in Lakewood since 2009. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Art Education at Concordia University in Nebraska.

DAM: Who is your favorite artist featured in Modern Masters and why?

Grace Hollenbeck: Joan Miró. From the time I first learned of Joan Miró, it intrigued me that, though he is affiliated with the surrealists, Miró did not consider himself a member of that group. He adopted automatism, the fundamental aspect of the surrealist manifesto, as part of his creative process; however, he then used that process in such a way as to enhance the value of automatism, itself, in the eyes of the surrealists, other artists, and the public alike.

DAM: What is your personal artwork like?

Hollenbeck: I do work in many different mediums, including chalk, charcoal, acrylics, and watercolor.

DAM: How does Miró influence you and your artwork today?

Hollenbeck: While I do not use automatism in my artwork, I do draw and paint intuitively, especially in regard to shape and color. I hope to follow Miró’s example and embrace change within my artwork and perhaps some spontaneity as I grow as an artist, seeking to stay grounded in creating work that I value.

 

Update: Some of the images referred to in this blog post have been removed following the close of Modern Masters at the Denver Art Museum. Please visit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Collection search page to find the related artworks. This appeared on this post while the exhibition was open:

 Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893–1983), Le Carnaval d'Arlequin (Carnival of Harlequin), 1924-25. Oil on canvas; support: 26 x 35-5/8 in. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1940. © 2014 Successió Miró S.L./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Image Credits: Grace Hollenbeck, The Violinist, 2013. Charcoal and Acrylics.

Grace Hollenbeck, Autumnal, 2014. Watercolor.

Katherine McAtee was a public relations intern in the communications department at the Denver Art Museum. Katherine has been at the DAM since 2014, and her favorite exhibition that has been on view here is Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective.