RELEASE (Martha's Vineyard) Louisa Gould Gallery is pleased to
present “John Holladay – Sport Art.” The opening reception for
the show is Saturday May 28, from 5 to 7pm. The show runs until June
Hollady is not only a prolific artist, he is a true talent. John
works in many media: oils, acrylic, pen and ink, cartoons, and
watercolor, but he most well known for his watercolors. Louisa Gould
Gallery has represented John for five years and we are very excited
to show this new body of work which has never been shown before: John
Holladay Sports Art. Although these sports teams of the NCAA, NFL,
and NBA were licensed and sold as posters in the 1980's, this is the
first time the originals are available for sale. They are not only
important as works of art, but they have historical importance
because John has included many relevant details within each
watercolor illustration. This Sport Art show will appeal to sports
fans, art followers, and those with a sense of humor. The Louisa
Gould Gallery is excited to show a new genre of art by one of our
artists. Please join us for this special show.
John Holladay was in elementary school, he realized he could
entertain his friends by drawing cartoons. While in college, John
began painting especially in watercolor, which led him to exhibit in
shows throughout the Midwest. One year he painted a typical
landscape but altered it by putting Mickey Mouse asleep under a tree.
He got what he was looking for: comments such as “why did you
ruin the painting?” and “That is hilarious!”. Some people
didn’t even see Mickey. Someone finally bought the painting. At
the next art show he started selling cartoons. Around 1975 he went
to a show in Omaha where he brought a cartoon version of the Nebraska
Cornhuskers. He took close to a thousand orders for a Nebraska
poster. So that is how it started.
posters were a statement about everyday life and not just about
sports. You will find everyone sitting in the stadium. You’ll
find Laurel and Hardy, the Pope, the Beatles and the list goes on.
Each poster is a conversation piece.
demand for the posters grew with every show he was in. In 1976 John
formed Holladay Prints in Davenport, Iowa. His cartoon posters
started selling locally and then expanded very quickly throughout the
Midwest. The Chicago Cubs was his first professional teams to be
licensed. He was one of the only artists to be licensed by Notre
Dame. He created posters for the “Big Ten” and then branched out
to do the “Southern Conference” and more. The NFL approached him
to create posters for all their teams.
sold over 5 million posters. Some images like Florida State sold over
twenty thousand posters. His designs where sold to t-shirt companies
where the t-shirts where picked up by a lot of companies, including
Walmart. His designs where picked up by Buffalo Games, a jigsaw
puzzle company, who sold millions of puzzles. He was commissioned by
companies like John Deere, PGA Golf, Hewlett Packard, Tropicana
Resort, and Universal Studios, just to name a few. He was picked up
by Charles Levy to create a whole line of greeting cards for the city
is the first time John is offering these images for sale. He finds
it very important to get these pieces of art in the hands of great
sports collectors. The originals are one of a kind, even though the
posters where sold in the millions. The sale of posters stopped in
the year 2000. The images are a collector's items: when they are
gone there will be no more of them.
Louisa Gould Gallery is located at 54
Main Street Vineyard Haven on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Please
call (508) 693.7373 for directions and hours or visit the website
www.louisagould.com to view
the show on-line.