Civic Center viewed from Broadway in Downtown Oakland

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This mural was commissioned by council person Jane Brunner to remind city officials of the place and people they serve. Based on numerous studies on the street, the three finished canvases were adhered to curved plywood panels which Holdsworth installed himself.

Most of the people depicted in this mural, including author and journalist Willian Wong and blues guitarist Augusta Lee Collins were present at the dedication of this mural.

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Anthony Holdsworth Studio Gallery

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.

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