Art As American as Baseball and Jazz
With a style rooted in the African American aesthetic, Rick Holton's work evokes the elegance and nostalgia of days gone by. Using
a wide artistic palate for expression and tools which include pencil, pen and ink, watercolors and oils, Holton's widely acclaimed sepia toned Good Ol' Days series has
been compared to the works of
A licensed Major League Baseball artist, Holton's portraits of baseball greats Kenny Lofton and Sandy Alomar bring full circle this series which pays homage to many Negro League Baseball stars.
A proud U.S. Marine, Vietnam veteran and self-taught artist, Holton's work often mirrors his acute recognition of some of the nation's pressing social concerns. In 1998 Holton was commissioned by the Public Education Network to create the poster centerpiece for their conference entitled "Breaking the Cycle of Poverty".
Holton's latest series, Centennial Celebration, began in 1999 with a biographical treatment of jazz artists. The series debuted with a piece commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution's America's Jazz Heritage program in celebration of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington's 100th birthday. Through the Smithsonian's distance learning celebration, Holton's biographical depiction of the Duke was seen by over 1.2M teachers and students worldwide.
An avid jazz enthusiast, Holton's portfolio reflects his deep commitment to using his art to reflect the broadest possible spectrum of life in America. Holton's many talents include book illustrations, posters and portraiture and signage art. Holton is a native of Cleveland, Ohio where he currently resides.