Joseph Holston's Jam Session

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A very rare work of art by Joseph Holston serigraph prints entitled "Jam Session" in 1993 edition 3 of 96. The dimensions of the works are 14"W x 20"H. The condition of the print is pristine. No frame but floated on linen and housed with a linen mat with open Windows with gold filet around each cut out window. These works are a rare find.

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Joseph Holston (born Joseph Deweese Holston Jr., April 6, 1944) is an American painter and printmaker known for his portrayals of the African American experience, using vivid colors and expressive lines in a cubist-abstractionist style. His media include painting, etching, silk screen, and collage.

Joseph Holston grew up in the small Black community of Hawkins Lane, in what was then a rural area of Chevy Chase, Maryland, in suburban Washington, D.C. His work reflects the strong sense of Black identity nurtured by his upbringing in that close-knit community. In 1960 the family moved to Washington, DC, where Holston was accepted into the commercial art program at Chamberlain Vocational High School.

Holston worked as a commercial artist/illustrator from 1964 to 1970. He also pursued independent study by enrolling in art classes throughout the Washington, DC area. These included classes with the noted portraitist Marcos Blahove (1928-2012). In the summer of 1971 Holston traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico to study with artist, Richard Vernon Goetz (1915-1991), a well-known portrait, landscape, and still-life painter. Within months of returning to Washington, DC, Holston resigned from his job as a commercial artist, to begin painting full-time. The following year his painting Ghetto Boy was purchased by Texas businessman and former Postmaster General W. Marvin Watson Jr., and gifted to the collection of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.

Inspired by Rembrandt's prints, Holston began creating etchings in 1974. "For Joseph Holston--in every way the embodiment of the contemporary painter-engraver--etching is as integral to his creative output as is painting." Holston incorporates an array of visual effects in his etchings, through the use of hard ground, soft ground and aquatint, as in Woman with Pipe (1974), one of his first prints, now included in the permanent collection of The Phillips Collection in Washington, D. C. Other prints are included in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among other museum collections.

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