painting, oil painting, oil on canvas, oil on canvas painting, Boscawen Park, Truro, Cornwall, American artist, Ted Holt Boscawen Park in Cornwall by American artist Ted Holt - Art Salvage
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This painting is by an American Artist, Ted Holt, who was active in Cornwall in the ‘70s. The subject of this painting is the charming Boscawen Park by the side of Truro River in Truro, Cornwall. It is the city's main open space with tennis courts, cricket and football pitches and adjacent to Truro Cricket Club.

Here’s some background on the artist

Six years ago we acquired a body of work by the American artist Ted Holt. Little is known of the man save what has been gleaned by contacting the galleries, from notes and attachments to his paintings, and a little local gossip gleaned from telephone call.

These paintings cover the early to mid ‘70s. So when the world was mired in was recession, the Vietnam war was grinding to an ignominious end, pop art and post modernism were the dominant trends, and America very much overshadowed the European art scene - Ted Holt took himself off to Cornwall to do what it seems he did best, painting the world around him in his own inimical style.

Ted is very much in the Lowry tradition and, if not ‘match stick men’, Ted’s figures were similarly abbreviated. Many people, rather than accept a naïve style at face value tend to seek evidence of academic skills in earlier work. This way they are assured that the artist adopted this style as a means of expression rather that as the only thing that their limited talents could achieve. Take a look the ‘life study’ included (not for sale) and be assured that at his core this man was a first class draughtsman.

So in an age when St Ives was synonymous with the Cornish art movement Ted set himself up in the not so glamorous town of Truro. Maybe it was the bustle of this busy town that attracted him and maybe it’s telling that in the 20 or so paintings that I have none features the sea or the iconic Cornish coastline.

I can find no record of Ted since the ‘70s and he may well have returned to America. I also have no record of Ted’s age at the time of painting. But whether on this side of the pond or this side of the veil Ted should be very proud of his Truro period.

Artist: Ted Holt

Date: '70s (estimate)

Title: 'Behind the Lake at Boscowen Park'

Medium: oil on canvas

Size (painting): 40.5cm x 45.5cm

Size (frame): 45cm x 49.5cm x 3cm


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