From the vanguard of modernism in the pioneer valley along the Connecticut River with summers in the mountain zone of Monadnock, then Harvard Square with art studios along the Charles River, and now in her Jaffrey art studio, Holly Compton Alderman became an artist and photographer to imagine and produce original decorative arts and collections from public art to digital murals for designers from LA to Istanbul.
Alderman's digital imaging and wide format printing offer design innovations for murals, paintings, fabrics and furnishings. She blends nature, landscapes and gardens in original layered photo imagery with classical themes, echoes of proportion and symmetry. She renews Empire style antique woodcut wallpaper scenes, panoramas from Paris of two centuries ago.
In her original art forms and antique digitized wallpapers, paintings, screens and fabrics, Alderman blends Classical themes for their potential to inspire contemporary imagery, and to awaken new audiences to the power and proportions of icons deeply imbedded in our visual culture. For art decor updates, connect with Holly on linkedin.com.
In 2015, Holly presents the first new collection and customized editions of Dufour woodcut wall scenes in over 175 years: state of the art, digitized collections all made in USA on forest certified wallpapers and organic fabrics, custom printed near Philadelphia for delivery anywhere.
Alderman's custom antique wallpaper editions and privately commissioned art decor originals appear in residences and restaurants, offices and parks, from Palm Beach to Houston to Sausalito to Lake Forest to Manhattan to London. Her original photoshop blends, historical exhibitions, fabrics and paintings have been shown at Bellevue House, Newport American Renaissance Gardens, the Chelsea Flower Show, Architectural Digest Show, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Harvard Club of New York, Boston Public Library, Brickyard in Cambridge, Sharon Arts Center; published in Three Quarks Daily, Digital Graphics Magazine, PMA Magaine, and covers of Great Output, PW, Harvard Magazine among others; and her murals and one of a kind painted decor and collage have been featured on Dream House, TOH and Today.
Holly invents new formats and styles to create innovative visionary blends of Classical and postmodern gardens and landscapes, sculpture and architecture, adapted to window shades, curtains, garden banners and flags, panoramas and framed prints, for interior design and landscape art.
When Alderman was a fellow in the National Academy Mural Fellowship in New York, her presentation of new formats of digital murals of Central Park and the Upper East Side were called by critic Francis V. O'Connor, "The best I've seen in years." She has always been interested in painting and art history and in the structure of design. She was first appointed an assistant art teacher at 16 and became chair of the Design Science Group at Harvard as a TA and producer of exhibitions and national symposia at the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, in Corbusier's Carpenter Center where her definitive structural pattern silk screens were exhibited for over 20 years (and the portfolio appeared at the International Symmetry Congress at the Hungarian National Gallery). She studied with Grace Graupe-Pillard, Robert S. Neuman, Rudolph Arnheim, Varujan Boghosian, Paul Rotterdam and Mirko.
Her father, Bissell Alderman FAIA photographed architectural modernism in Europe in 1938 and taught architecture and city planning at MIT, University of Washington and the BAC, and established the firm, Alderman and MacNeish, Architects and Engineers, designers of hundreds of modern public and private buildings including modern houses in Belmont, Lexington, South Hadley and the Monadnock region. He grew up on a park avenue of Victorian homes designed by his father, who had apprenticed in 1890s Chicago to become a Classical architect of New England town halls, city retail blocks, factories, expansive homes and brick apartments. Aldermans built houses in Salisbury, Farmington, Granby and Stamford, Connecticut since the early 1700s. Holly's mother grew up at Princeton and MIT in the Compton family of physicists; in Cambridge she is remembered as the epitome of glamour.
Holly loves gardens, music and theatre and is a member of the Garden Club of Dublin NH and Cambridge Plant and Garden Club, Garden Club of America and won several blue ribbons for garden photography. She participates in the arts and issues of public interest as a board member of Electric Earth Concerts and on the Amos Fortune Forum committee in the Monadnock region. She has moderated workshops on digital innovations for interior design at the Boston Society of Architects annual conferences, and taught decorative painting in Cambridge and Peterborough. A Harvard graduate, she was a member of the Harvard Advisory Committee on the Arts for over 20 years and a writer for the Harvard Overseers and the President's Office, the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, as well as a member of Cambridge Rotary and the Art Directors Club of Boston. She designed the best seller, Woman's Almanac, 12 How to Handbooks in One with her cover as the cover of Publishers Weekly. For fun stuff, she won a few slalom races, golf driving contests, tennis tournaments, prizes in art, math, Latin, English, French, history. Her children live in Brooklyn, Berkeley and Jaffrey and work in theatre, math and landscape art.
Holly is passionate about art and strives to synthesize site specific blends of the client's expectations and character, art history, classical themes, cutting edge innovation and imagination to make a place unique and memorable with original or antique art decor. Holly is always happy while working, and respects all clients as an extended family, and cares deeply about their values and vision.
To discuss your design vision or art concept, call Holly Alderman at the studio, 617-733-5493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Holly looks forward to talking with you about your design vision and space.