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 website 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.