Hank Holland and the Circle of Life — 25 Comments

  1. Awesome article about a really great person and talented artist who turns the word disabled on it’s head. I had the pleasure of meeting him this past summer. Because “Acadiana Is Home” shares his art
    often, when he found out that was my page there was no handshake but the hug of an old friend.
    What a special person he is!

  2. I enjoyed this interview very much and I’m also so impressed with this gifted young artist. Folk art is my favorite but especially from La. My mom was a Boudreaux and no place makes me happier then Acadian Country. Thank you so much! God bless

    • Cindy, I’m so glad you enjoyed getting to know Hank. I’m learning to appreciate folk art more and more. I’m hoping to purchase one of his slates. At $30, it’s a steal!!! And at Christmas time, what a great gift for someone special! (If I hint enough, someone in my family might pick up on it, LOL!!!)

  3. I’m glad you are doing posts on local artists. I love hearing about the different kinds of artwork made. Hank’s paintings remind me a little of Grandma Moses style. His paintings are wonderful!

  4. I love Hank’s art………I must start a collection………Hank I have enjoyed your special gift by seeing your works of creation over the internet. God Bless You and Your Family this Holiday Season. Merry Christmas Cornbread.

  5. I’m fascinated by the reverse painting, and curious – why did he begin signing his name upside down in the first place? Clearly, it was an intentional decision – must have been some reason behind it.

    I appreciate folk art, but usually don’t have the urge to bring it home with me. I do like that chair, though – it’s the juke joint that does it for me. 🙂

    It’s a wonderful story. If only there were a Jackson Square for people who deal in words could peddle there stuff a couple of times a month! Every time I hear one of these stories I have the same old conversation with myself – you know, the one that goes “are you unfocused, uncomitted or just flat lazy?” LOL

    Love this piece. The human story is marvelous – the art only adds to the wonder of it all.

  6. What a marvelous article. Mr. Holland is lucky that he found something he is good at, enjoys doing AND it pays the bills!

    I do enjoy folk art and I love that chair.

    I have to say that his “Circle of Life” theme reminds me very much of one of the last scenes in “The Color Purple,” when Shug leads a group of folks from the juke joint to her father’s church and reconciles with him.

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    Please let me know if that’s possible. Thank you.

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