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California artist Holly Lane is a painter and sculptor who creates work that the New York Times has labeled "inspirational parables". Her work integrates painting and frame with the artist carving elaborate wooden frames that formally and contextually expand on the paintings within. Lane cites the art of the Northern Renaissance, 19th century Romanticism and environmental philosophy as influences. While as an undergraduate pondering the philosophical nature of frames Lane discovered illuminated manuscripts in the University library whose borders visually commented on the text. This discovery was a moment of epiphany, Lane realized that a frame could extend and enhance what was within the frame. A frame could offer commentary, it could embody ancillary ideas, it could be like a body that houses and expresses the mind and many other rich permutations. After earning a BFA with Great Distinction (1986) and an MFA (1988) both from San Jose State University, Lane has exhibited nation-wide in galleries and museums with over 20 solo exhibitions and over 90 group exhibitions including Whitney Museum of American Art in Stamford, Connecticut, San Jose Museum of Art, San Francisco's Museum of Craft and Design, Lyman Allyn Art Museum and Fresno Art Museum to name a few. Lane's work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America and ARTnews among others. Lane’s work is represented by Winfield Gallery and Forum Gallery.

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