Murals by Anthony Holdsworth Studio Gallery seen at Valley Center for the Performing Arts, Holy Names University, Oakland, Oakland - Market on Ninth Street-July

Market on Ninth Street-July

This 10.5 foot by 11-foot oil on canvas painting dominates the foyer of the Valley Center for Performing Arts. It hangs twelve feet above the floor facing the main doorway… It is based on dozens of smaller paintings that were created over several months at the farmers’ market at Ninth and Washington Streets in Oakland. All the people in it posed on site.

Meet the Creator

Anthony Holdsworth was born in England in 1945. He was introduced to oil painting in high school by the New England painter, Loring Coleman.

Holdsworth embarked on a painting career while working as Head of Outdoor Restoration for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy after the flood of 1966. About these two years in Italy he says, "The deep connection between Florentines and their public art made a profound impression on me. In my public art I try to forging a strong link between place and community “

He continued his studies at the Bournemouth College of Art in England where he studied with master draftsman Samuel Rabin and color theorist Jon Fish and at the San Francisco Art Institute where he studied with Julius Hatofsky and Fred Martin.

Over the years, he developed the practice of painting on the street to bear witness to local communities. Oakland, San Francisco, revolutionary Nicaragua, Mexico and Italy were among the places where he has painted on location. You can see many of these works in his studio which he opens the Last Sunday of every month from 1- 6 PM. His larger works like ““Market on Ninth Street July”” are developed in the studio from smaller paintings done on location.

He has shown with major galleries in Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles. He has participated in two exhibitions at the Oakland Museum. He was included in the California Cityscapes exhibition at the San Diego Museum. He was a recipient of WESTAF-NEA fellowship in 1990. His work is in corporate and private collections worldwide.

As previously mentioned he opens his studio the Last Sunday of every month from 1 PM to 6 PM. Go to his website for further information. www.anthonyholdsworth.com

Available for commission/custom work