E-Newsletter : Issue #133 October 2018 – Lino Tagliapietra’s Florencia Series

October 2018

Holsten Galleries newsletter

Note from Kenn Holsten

Greetings! I hope this issue of Holsten Galleries News finds you well and enjoying the changing season. I am excited to share some really special work with you this month. As always, please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions you may have. Enjoy!


"The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel."

– Piet Mondrian

"The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live."

– Auguste Rodin

Featured Works


Florencia Series
by Lino Tagliapietra

One of the newest series that Lino Tagliapietra has been working on over the past year or so is the "Florencia" series. These beautiful pieces may be the most painterly work that Lino Tagliapietra has ever created. The surfaces appear to be painted with large brush strokes in rich and dramatic palettes of color. Featured here are two wonderful examples of this series from Lino Tagliapietra’s showroom in Seattle. The form of the gold one is reminiscent of a couple of previous series. The purple one though is a form I have never seen Lino Tagliapietra make before.

Florencia by Lino Tagliapietra, 19.25 x 11.5 x 11.5″

Florencia by Lino Tagliapietra, 10 x 16.75 x 16.75″


Cranberry Violet Lotus by Martin Blank, 16 x 16 x 16″

Cranberry Violet Lotus
by Martin Blank

What a gorgeous piece by Seattle based glass artist Martin Blank. The floral form itself would be enough to warrant this statement but the colors here, transitioning from purple to red to clear with gold leaf, make this one of the most exquisite works in glass I have seen in quite some time.


by Christopher Ries

The optics in this clear crystal sculpture by Christopher Ries are amazing. The internal images change dramatically depending upon the point of view of the beholder. This piece requires very little light and is perfect for a space that lacks a spotlight.

Celebration by Martin Rosol, 12 x 13 x 6″


Long Snout by Preston Singletary, 24 x 10 x 4.5″

Long Snout
by Preston Singletary

This new piece by Preston Singletary is both elegant and playful. The two subtle colors work very well together and the images, all derived from Preston’s Tlingit heritage, are of great interest.


Lemon Yellow Frenzy
by Stephen Powell

Although the form here will be familiar to those of you who know the work of Stephen Powell, in many ways this piece is atypical. This is true mainly because the murini (small "tiles" of glass) are both smaller and more symmetrically arranged than in most of Powell’s work. So much so that the effect here is almost pointillistic. The colors, as in all of Stephen’s works, are deep, rich and dramatic.

Lemon Yellow Frenzy by Stephen Powell, 39 x 18 x 18″


I hope you have enjoyed this edition of Holsten Galleries News. Here’s wishing you a pleasant autumn and good health. I look forward to staying in touch.

Kenn Holsten

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