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Article in The Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket, Mass., Thursday, August 14, 2014. Photo by Nicole Harnishfeger.
Printmaker Holch inspired by island's timeless beauty
Artist Eric Holch has been coming to Nantucket since he was a child, constantly drawn back by the water, the boats, and how the island has seemingly stood still through time as the world around it evolves.
His gallery at 10 Old South Wharf features stylized snapshots of Nantucket in the summer, just as it has looked for decades: the view of town from the water, Brant Point Lighthouse, and the beach dotted with beach umbrellas. Holch has been creating original serigraph prints for 35 years, and has never run out of ideas, as the island serves as his inspiration.
"You just drive around the island, go to the beach, do whatever it is you do, and something just grabs you . . . something pops into view and you say 'Wow, that's cool'," Holch said.
Holch's prints are bold, with strong colors, crisp lines and new this year are some three-dimensional prints that make the image pop.
"I use a few prints to do it, I cut it out and put it on top of another print . . . the 3-D paintings are for people who want a one-of-a-kind piece of art. It's a fun project," Holch said.
One 3-D print features a boat in the harbor that comes to life layered over the water, followed by the buildings in the background, then the horizon layered underneath, adding depth to the piece.
He began printmaking as a boy in the mid-1970s, when there were a dozen other printmakers on the island. Now, he is one of the only artists who still uses the technique, giving his art a unique and recognizable style.
He decided to focus on art full-time after giving up his corporate job in advertising, but initially feared he would run out of ideas. "I sat in my mom's house . . . and spent the whole day sketching," Holch said. "Every time I was dry out of ideas I would go back to that sketchbook," as he still does to this day.
The art of printmaking is a very technical process that uses special oil-based paints and fade-resistant inks. Using hand-cut-stencil techniques, an image requires a different fill for each color used. Due to the precision and time required, one large print can take up to four months to finish, Holch said.
Once a print is cut there is no blending, adding or changing. Where a mistake in an oil painting can be smudged and altered, all printmaking work is clean-cut and permanent.
Most of Holch's work is done in the winter, after he's had time to reflect on the photographs he took during the summer and his gallery is closed for the season except by appointment only.
Though most of Holch's prints are of contemporary Nantucket, the way it looks to him as he wanders around the island, he also pays homage to its history. One print is of a whale's tail poised above the water's surface, with the word "Nantucket" splashed across the top of the print in white lettering.
"I wanted to do something with a historic feel that brought people back to the essence of what Nantucket used to be all about," he said. A couple prints hanging in Holch's gallery this week showed traditional scenes of sailors, first in a whaling boat seeking their prey, then about to harpoon the animal like a scene from Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick."
A sailor himself, Holch also created the Nantucket Race Week logo, a scene of colorful sailboats racing to the finish line. Holch has sailed previously in the Opera House Cup, and enjoys spending time aboard his boat.
Also new this year is a vertical painting of freshwater lures, inspired by the print he created last year featuring saltwater plugs. He came up with the idea while putting away his own plugs after a fishing trip.
Holch only makes a few new prints each year, and keeps printing the classics as well. As for his distinct style: "I couldn't change if I wanted to," he said.
Article in The Boston Globe June 22, 2013 Travel Section by By Patricia Harris and David Lyon
Touring the galleries of Nantucket
The wharf is a place "where artists can get a toe in the door," says printmaker Eric Holch, dean of the Old South Wharf art scene. "I've been on the wharf since 1978," he says, noting that he opened his first gallery in "the last shucking shack to turn into a retail space." Holch began making limited edition silkscreen prints in 1976 and is a master of the art form. The clean shapes and clear colors capture the stillness of the wharves at dawn or the adrenaline rush of boats under sail with equal verve.
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From July 12, 2012 article in the 'Inquirer & Mirror' -by Leland RzepeckiPrintmaker Eric Holch's work synonymous with summertime
Eric Holch, a Nantucket artist whose work has almost become synonymous with summertime on the island, makes his living by awakening the beauty within people's memories. Holch, inspired by his own memories of Nantucket, has been making fine, detailed prints of island scenes, which have adorned collections of Nantucket-related art worldwide for over 30 years.
Holch's passion for printmaking started at the age of 15 when he was given a print as a gift. He was struck by its sharp, distinctive look and although his early professional life eventually revolved around advertising, he would always retain his interest in art.
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New for 2012
Wharf Cottages II
"Many years ago I did a very narrow, horizontal print entitled 'Wharf Cottages' which featured about nine of Old North Wharf's fun little shacks and cottages. 'Wharf Cottages II' is a larger detail of just the first three cottages; Essex House, Austin Strong and Mary Slade. The larger size really captures the fun and beauty of this special place"
New Art Posters for 2012
"Maybe it's the economy, maybe I just like posters. For 2012 we have 5 new posters
using details from older prints so there are now have 15 different images. These posters
are a great 'art value' since they have the same archival quality as prints, but are signed
and titled open editions, and sell for $210! Click on POSTERS to see them all"
New Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles for 2012
"New for 2012 are Wentworth (UK) wooden puzzles in 500, 250, 140 and 40 pieces! So whether you want 30 minute challenge, or a weekend challenge, we have something for you! Order directly by phone from the Gallery at 508-228-7654. Quantities are limited so do your Christmas Shopping now!"
500 pieces - $160 "Nantucket Harbor"
From August 2011 article in the 'Inquirer & Mirror' -
The Hidden Treasures of Old South Wharf
One of Old South Wharf’s longest running galleries, Eric Holch’s Holch Gallery, offers customers a unique twist on Nantucket-themed art, thanks to the artist’s unique limited-edition silk-screen prints, posters and his signature line of nautically-inspired silk neckties.
Since 1976, when Holch began exhibiting his work at the Main Street Gallery, his prints and oil paintings have been exhibited in over 250 galleries and museums throughout the United States, Bermuda, England, Australia and Japan. His distinctive images have also appeared on everything from magazine covers and cards to ceramics, jigsaw puzzles and boxer shorts.
New for 2011
"For about 10 years I have been doing torn paper deconstructions (tearing apart sections of reject prints and reassembling them into different, unique pieces) and I wanted to do a limited edition with torn edges. The crispness of the hard edge imagery in "Beach Party" juxtaposed with the random, torn edge gives the print a really compelling look."
"Thinking about Nantucket Race Week, it just seemed to me that "closehauled" would make a fun poster for 2011. Three 12 Metres beating to windward, closehauled."
New for 2010New Silk Ties for Fall and Christmas .... $40
New ties that just came out for the fall and winter season.
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Ltd. Edition of 150 Signed & Numbered
Ltd. Edition of 185 Signed & Numbered
"Since the limited edition print 'Sankaty Head Light' is just about sold out, I thought a poster version of it would be fun since it is such a great, iconic Nantucket image. (Also available with SCONSET on the top for our 'Sconset friends! Call me.) "
Beach Break - Boca Grande
Available without Boca Grande text
"Trying to dodge Nantucket's cold and windy winter, I found myself sitting on the beach