Delusional Art Show in Library

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Erin Smith

Anthony Holt’s painting “Bubblegum” as well as others are featured in the DVC library.

Erin Smith, Features editor

‘Delusional Art by ASH’ is the new art exhibit that hit the library at Diablo Valley College on Feb 18.

The colorful and often abstract paintings are from Anthony Holt, local Concord artist. Holt, who graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in Arts and Humanities had always pursued art, but only ever as a hobby until a few years ago.

“My art is inspired by life’s events, everyday beauty and color,” said Holt of his talent.

This is evident in such pieces as “Bubblegum,” a playful and energetic piece that showcases the characteristics of a piece of bubble gum. The bright pinks contrast with the black, making it one of the most visually striking paintings in the show.

“Blue Lagoon” is another piece that shows off Holt’s ability. Masterfully layering colors to create a unique texture. The variety of blues and teals contrast yet blending in and out give off an almost Monet-esque mood.

“I don’t have a specific expertise when it comes to subject matter, so a lot of times I use color to guide my next piece,” said Holt.

When asked how he creates the multidimensional texture, he said, “Simple. A lot of paint, a palette knife, a big brush and some loud music.”

A musical influence is seen throughout his art. The swirls and shapes created in the title piece, “Delusional,” are free form and organic.

“I never sketch out subjects either, so I try to “control” and make artistic sense of the confusion in my mind. My abstracts are truly a work out,” said Holt.

The show will remain up in the library until April 2 so there is still plenty of time to get in to check it out.