Donald Holden recently photographed alongside fellow artist Celia Davies
Portrait of Donald Holden by Preston Artist Norman Long
Donald Holden demonstrating his painting techniques
His love of art was nurtured at Nelson Grammar School where his love of art began. He went on to become a much loved teacher of art at Mansfield High School, teaching and inspiring many artists around the Pendle area.
Donald’s influences came from many sources: from artists within the British Landscape tradition such as Paul Nash, John Piper and Graham Sutherland as well as still practicing artists, such as David Prentice, David Tress, Barbara Rae and Many More.
For thirteen years Donald was an energetic member, and mentor, of the Pendle Arts Gallery in Nelson. This was a group of volunteers who, along with Donald, got together when Nelson Town Council closed a professionally run photography gallery in Scotland Road Nelson at the time of the poll tax saga, They approached the council proposing to put on exhibitions of paintings, photography, embroidery and ceramics in the previously used gallery above the Tourist Information Centre. They then put on about ten shows a year with local and nationally known artists, workshops, talks and visits to other galleries and museums.