and raised in the charming town of Hudson, New York, Joseph Holodook
has been drawing and painting as long as he can remember. One family
member snapped a photograph of Joseph at age 2, sitting at the kitchen table
sketching his mother on the back of an envelope. This love of drawing
and art continued throughout his childhood and took a giant leap forward
when his priest gave him a set of oil paints when he was only 9.
As he grew and his
abilities increased, it became known in the small Hudson River town of
Hudson, New York that Joseph had a natural ability, one which his teachers
did their best to nurture. In high school Joseph was allowed to use a
classroom, alone, for three straight periods a day so that he could paint
and draw without interruption.
After high school he
worked hard during the day so that he could afford to study art at the local
college in the evenings. It was in college that he came under the
tutelage of Lawrence Montaldo, professor of art and former head of the art
department at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. At about this
time Joseph was introduced to famous landscape painter John E. Hesse who
critiqued the young painter's work and had a profound influence on his
Over the years Joseph
Holodook exhibited his holiday, seasonal and Americana work broadly and won
numerous awards for his paintings.
He has created hundreds
of pieces of art, many of them folk art and Americana that sold quickly in
the traditional markets and galleries of the Hudson River Valley, and many
of his works grace fine homes as well as major corporations nationwide.
He has also created restoration artwork for the Sacred Heart Church and for
the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, both in Hudson, NY.
In recent years
Holodook has turned his interests toward another St. Nicholas -- Santa Claus
-- as well as other holiday-related, seasonal and Americana images which
show the influence of the works of Norman Rockwell, Haddon Sundblom and the
Wyeth's on his art. Joseph paints primarily in oil on canvas.
Porterfield's Fine Art Licensing, Joseph Holodook began to license his
artistic works into a broad range of home decor and decorative products.
These efforts have broadened public awareness of his art and increased his
name recognition throughout the United States and have helped make him one
of America's best-loved painters of Santa Claus, Christmas art, and country Americana themes.
For more information about
licensing Joseph Holodook's artistic works for your products, please contact
Lance J. Klass at Porterfield's, (800) 660-8345, or email
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