Actress and painter Laurel Holloman takes her abstract art to France in her first solo show 'Coeur Libre,' exhibiting some of her most representative work to date.
Surrounded by family, friends and distinguished guests, including the mayor of the 5th district, Jean Tiberi, Holloman opened her first solo art exhibition in Paris at Mairie du 5e on April 3, 2012.
During her impressive acting career which started in the mid 1990s, she built a strong resume with over 25 independent film and TV credits. Holloman has become a gay icon through her roles as Randy Dean in The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love and, recently, as Tina Kennard in Showtime’s critically praised six-season drama The L Word.
Holloman holds a BA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a Performance Studies/Art major and studied painting and sculpture at UCLA and the San Francisco Institute. While she felt more drawn to painting, she had to put it on hold once her acting career took off. Years later, her passion reawakened when her ex-husband started to study for his Master in Architecture. That was the moment that made Holloman decide immersing in the architecture and art world is what she needs as a form of artistic expression.
Equally gifted on canvas as she is on the screen, Holloman painted during the hiatuses of The L Word and started to share her art through charities. She felt the need to express herself beyond acting by putting her inner self out on the canvas and fully controlling it in a cathartic experience.
The past three years of following her heart through oil on canvas abstract painting paid off, and, at long last, Holloman, supported by an international team of dedicated people from the US, Italy, Belgium and France, was able to put this show together and finally share her art as a newly established painter.
The artist warmly welcomed each guest and made everyone feel at ease in an extremely relaxed and informal atmosphere. The opening evening was a success without a doubt. New contacts were established, paintings have been admired, photographed, praised, and sold.
The highlight of the evening was the heartfelt speech of Miki Turner, an award-winning Los Angeles based photojournalist with years of experience in the sports and entertainment industries, who shares a special friendship with the talented and accomplished artist.
The show will definitely be visited by a lot of art lovers and collectors within the next couple of weeks. It is entrance-free and will be open to the public from April 4 to April 21 at the Mairie de 5e (Salle Rene Capitant), 21 place du Panthéon, 75005, Paris. You sure don't want to miss this!
For more details on Laurel Holloman's art work visit her studio website.