“I’m especially drawn to items created between the thirties and the seventies. That was a time when design and function both held weight.”
(American, b. 1954)
James Neil Hollingsworth was born in 1954 and raised in Marietta, Georgia. Shockingly, with the exception of a few life drawing classes in the 1970’s, Hollingsworth is a self-taught artist. His early adulthood was spent in a variety of disciplines. After high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force, and later worked as a licensed aircraft mechanic. He had his own typesetting business for several years and then shifted his profession again to work as an emergency room and surgical nurse for more than a decade. The dynamic stages of Hollingsworth’s early career choices are linked by a common thread – each position revealed his penchant for detailed work and honed his appreciation for design and craftsmanship. However, each phase left him yearning for the creative outlet that he eventually found in painting.
In 2004, Hollingsworth committed himself to pursuing his art full time. He now finds inspiration in paring down the “stuff” of life to a single item. Placing his subjects against a simple backdrop, he intensifies our connection to their design and aesthetic appeal through formal choices. A dramatic use of light, flawless draftsmanship, and clever compositions bring viewers up close and personal with the irresistible shapes and colors inherent in ordinary household objects. In his romanticizing of utility-driven design, one can draw comparisons between Hollingsworth’s style and mid-century modernism. His vibrant interpretation transforms objects of the everyday into powerful, visual achievements.
He has been featured in numerous group shows and has had several solo exhibitions. A few notable collectors of his work include Delta Airlines, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Printpack, Buckhead Dental Associates, and Kenco Logistics Services. He also has been featured in American Art Collector Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Art Calendar Magazine, Poets & Artists, and Atlanta Magazine.