Pierce Milholland

Pierce Milholland born December 9, 1935 in Philadelphia, PA attended Trinty College 1956-1960 where he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art and then did graduate work at Yale University. In 1967, he moved to Washington and attended the University of Washington School of Architecture. From 1967 to 1984, he was a full time architect and a part time painter. From 1984 to 2005 (the year he died), he was a full time painter and a part time architect.

Over the years Pierce exhibited his oil paintings in a number of galleries including The Nelson/Rovzar Gallery in Kirkland, WA; the Kimzey Miller Gallery in Seattle, WA; the Governors Mansion Gallery in Olympia, WA; and the Keith Alexander Gallery in Vancouver, BC. His work can be found in corporate collections from Washington State to New York.

Pierce has a unique style that is very striking, warm and powerful making use of well known imagery transforming it into something very special. His figures in farm settings are impressionistic and earthy reminding one of a Thomas Hardy novel. The clarity of subject and purity of color add to the strength of what Pierce offers us artistically. He is poetic in his thoughts and artists statements which is reflected in his work. ie. “Each one is my favorite at that time. I can dispel my own thoughts and allow an inner spirit to supply me with what is needed both within and without” “The earth is a magnificent orchestra willing to play for me whenever I wish it. I have been given the opportunity to explore and from studying Einstein, learned to reduce things to their simplest terms or language.” “Art is the probing of ideas and solutions based on light, color, tonality, composition, subject matter and surprise. Artists such as Winslow Homer, Pierre Bonnard, Van Gogh, Diebenkorn, Sargent and many others have exhibited these qualities and grown accordingly. The alternative is to remain at rest, accepting and satisfied with sameness as the answer.” “I owe my life to so many people. Those who now own my paintings own a very real part of me. Some paintings are distant now, but I can remember all the brush strokes, the color choices and all the choices in between …..”

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