Peter Holden

September–October 2024

Peter Holden


Peter Holden was born and raised in southern California, attending UC Santa Barbara for undergrad and Cal State Los Angeles for his MFA, which included two years of study at the Academia de Belle Arti in Firenze, Italy.

Developing a career in the music business concurrently with his art practice, he first worked as a music journalist in Hollywood and then as an international artist executive in London, Amsterdam and Köln, Germany.   At the same time, he was starting to show his paintings and drawings in the Netherlands, Italy and the UK before returning to southern California.

With subsequent solo shows in West Hollywood at the Don O’Melveny Gallery and in Portland at the High and Lo Gallery, Peter also was establishing roots in Todos Santos, Baja Sur in Mexico.   

He has consistently shown work with the seminal Galeria de Todos Santos and Ida Victoria Gallery, in San Jose del Cabo over the following years in that region. 

In the music business, Peter held senior international marketing roles for Virgin Records, Disney and more recently with Concord Records, working with such artists as the Smashing Pumpkins, Paula Abdul, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Sia, John Fogerty (CCR) and many others.

With previous artist residencies on Vancouver Island in Canada and in the Guadalajara area of central Mexico, Peter has extensive international experience and paints in a variety of idioms.

Estate, 2023
Mixed media and collage on board
30.48 × 22.86 cm

Tormenta, 2022
Oil on canvas
15.75 × 152 cm

Carrara, 2022
Oil on canvas

Sollano Vecinos, 2022
Oil on canvas
121 × 121 cm

Fishermen 2, 2019
Mixed media on paper
76 × 100 cm

Cowichan Bay, 2018
Oil on board
23 × 30 cm

Prairie, 2017
Mixed media on Nepal paper
140 × 165 cm

Ida’s Girls, 2017
152 × 100 cm

Mine Site No. 4, 2008
Oil on board
61 × 61 cm

Leidseplein Tram, 2007
Charcoal on paper
40 × 30 cm

Fountain at St. Remy, 2007
Mixed media on paper
100 × 76 cm

Digging Out, 2003
Mixed media on paper
76 × 200 cm

Euclid No. 1, 2004
Oil on canvas
127 × 152 cm

Euclid No. 4, 2003
Oil on canvas