The People I've Come To Know:

“The People I’ve Come to Know”, is the premiere exhibition by Hunting Prize finalist and figurative painter Riley Holloway, who currently works out of Dallas, TX. Born in Los Angeles, Holloway relocated to Arlington at a young age. Growing up, he developed an early interest in art, learning from his mother, who is an artist herself. He attended The Art Institute of Dallas and the Florence Academy of Art, after which he was awarded an artist residency at The Fairmont Hotel in Dallas. Following this residency, Holloway had his first solo exhibition at The Gallery located in the Fairmont in 2013. This body of work was based on the individuals he encountered during his residency and felt compelled to paint. Entitled “SHOOK!!!”, these ideas became more of a philosophy for Holloway than just a body of work. He began to see the importance in life of taking emotional experiences, often times difficult, and repurposing them so to speak. The idea for him was to create something useful, something beautiful and something SHOOK!!! In 2014, Holloway joined forces with Fort Works Art and has been a featured artist in their last four Gallery Night exhibitions. Consistently creating new work during this time, Holloway has compiled a staggering body of material within the last two years. With this premiere exhibition, he will finally be able to showcase the depth and maturity he has developed as an artist. 

Holloway is best known for his dynamic work and fresh look at figurative art. His images are often accompanied by text and other personal references embedded within the work. “The People I’ve Come to Know”, showcases many large oil and charcoal wood on panel pieces, alongside a selection of small intimate drawings that include his friends and family as his subject matter. Holloway uses a bold painterly technique to create depth within the portraits. There is a softness he translates accompanied with his wild markings. This is seen with his utilization of charcoal and hand drawing, in conjunction with his ability to control and manipulate oils in a traditional process. There is also a wonderful counterbalance of roughness and masculinity seen in the works. This is accomplished with his utilization of the “unfinished” aspects of the image and the rawness and utilitarian nature of many of the panels, gessoes and nails he works upon. Holloway’s aesthetics create familiar spaces that are rich in storytelling. They speak of his life, of the people he knows and the dichotomies that exist within his day-to- day realities. At this feature premiere, Holloway will be adding another layer to his work with the addition of audio, where he will allow the viewer to hear a series of presentations and interviews that he has conducted with each of his subjects. Holloway’s technique is undeniable and his content is rich in both drama and intimacy. This is “The People I’ve Come to Know”. 


Presented By Fort Works Art

2100 Montgomery St. Fort Worth, TX

Opening: Saturday, April 22  6PM - 9PM | Closing: May 28th

Get To Know Them (Artist Talk): May20th 6PM - 9PM

Photo Credit: Rashad Goff Media Group

While the model was on break in my figure painting class at UTA, the model asked me if I knew of a young figurative artist who was teaching drawing at the Dallas Museum of Art. She spoke highly of his ability to draw and teach drawing. I asked her to show me some of his work on my ipad during the next break in the class. The work was interesting and fresh. This young artist seemed to have a lot of skill and energy. That was my first time hearing about Riley Holloway’s work. Afterwards his name continued to come up in artistic dialogue among DFW artists and it became clear that this young artist was a truly great talent on the rise in our area. Since then I have had the privilege to meet him and see his work in person. His work shows an understanding of traditional drawing and painting skill but with a uniquely personal content. It is hard to create work that is both personal and universal yet Riley seems to do so with ease. He is definitely one of the young artists in the area whose reputation is pointing toward a national and international trajectory.
— Sedrick Huckaby