Hal Holoun Biography

Hal Holoun received his B.A. degree from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, and his M.A. from the University of Wyoming in Laramie in the early 1960s. Trained in abstract art, Holoun's shift to landscape painting was prompted by his captivation with the interplay between earth and sky.

Many of his landscapes take place at either dawn or dusk when the colors are most intense and the earth-sky event most dramatic. In his finest landscape works, something spiritual occurs in which Holoun himself essentially serves as the conduit by which the scene is rendered onto canvas.

Today, Haloun makes paintings that are influenced by the rich tradition of American landscape artists, the painterly innovations of 20th century abstractionists, and a deep understanding of the elemental forces of nature to which he was exposed as a child. In finding the balancce among those influences, Holoun creates landscapes that reach beyond simple realism.

Holoun has held a variety of teaching positions and has been a full-time artist since 1980. His work has been included in numerous group and invitational exhibitions at such institutions as the Tucson Art Museum and the Museum of Nebraska Art. Holoun appeared on CBS-TV Sunday Morning with Roger Welsch in 1996 and has been featured in American Artist magazine. His work is included in the corporate collections of The Marriott Corp., Los Angeles, and First National Bank, Omaha.