About Holly Alderman
Scenic wallpaper inspires designers to dream their way not only into a bygone era, but also into a better one. --Walter Benjamin, 19th century Paris
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Holly Compton Alderman began to experiment and innovate with wall scenes in transparent digital layer techniques in 2004 at the National Academy Mural Fellowship in New York. Alderman painted public art for parks since 1995 with grants from the Cambridge Arts Council and Belmont Arts Council and private commissions for and interior panoramas from LA to Maine. Her original digital styles blend iconic sculpture and classical architectural themes with landscapes and gardens for site specific wallpaper panels.
With Wallquest product developers and color separation artists Holly renewed two extremely rare French style grisaille landscape panoramas, quite complex and vast when imagined and designed about 1814. The first printing by hand in 1815 required more than twenty artisans to work in extreme secrecy for an entire year.
Alderman studied art and architectural history at Harvard where she was a teaching assistant in design science and published original art on covers of Publishers Weekly and Harvard Magazine.
She crossed the digital divide to design new digital formats in public art at the National Academy Mural Fellowship in New York.
Alderman and Wallquest produce fine digital printing of dramatic proportions. New editions are landscapes and gardens that depict and echo narrative epic heroic travel stories of caravans and clipper ships from the Silk Road east and west, Paris to Istanbul to Naples, Boston to Calcutta and Boston to Canton/Guangzhou.
Seldom seen in over a hundred years, the antiques in new editions present a lost world of pre-industrial landscapes and perspectives in French grisaille woodcuts for wall scenes, as well as fine hand painted Chinese garden wallpaper previously installed at Mainstone Farm in Wayland, Massachuisetts.
Designers and architects may select -
- Scenes for wallpaper, prints and fabrics from several collections, or commission originals.
- Classical and contemporary colors on premium FSC certified papers and organic fabrics.
- A full panorama or framed printed or hand painted panels, or mounted prints without frames, and print on linens, cottons, denim, silk, and more.
- Alderman and Wallquest introduce bold bright new wallpaper colorways created for the first time - Views of Antiquity and Views of Italy and The Bay of Naples.
Alderman offers a catalog of highly decorative, extremely rare heirloom panoramas, views of landscapes, seascapes, gardens, and travels and stories.
Masterworks of decorative arts new life in new colors offer designers was to combine classical and contemporary imagery, with individual creative artistic expression to expand the context and concept of art history. Seeing antiques anew is a memorable experience.
These epic wallpapers, hand printed by woodcuts by the Dufour atelier in Paris, are available in new fine art reproduction editions for the first time in over 175 years, renewed by Wallquest to retain authentic patina of two centuries (by state of the art photographic techniques with neither overpainting nor alterations) and also custom printed on premium papers and textiles for new audiences by Wallquest, one of the most respected and innovative wallpaper manufacturers in the US and the world with distribution in more than fifty countries.
From Santa Monica, Lake Forest, Houston, Dallas, DC, Katonah, Charleston, London, Paris, Istanbul, Bangkok and beyond, designers and decorators have called and emailed Holly Alderman scenic wallpapers online
Alderman and expert collaborators have preserved extremely rare, virtually lost arts via digital capture, beginning with two epic room-size panoramas hand made two centuries ago in Paris by the Dufour altelier, in Classical and Empire styles, now renewed by Wallquest to retain original patina in new customized, one of a kind editions printed for new audiences in colors above and others at Walllgaze. Alderman recently printed linens in acid yellow, neon red reverse and other bold brights as exclusives.
Views of Antiquity, Travelers near the Ruins of the Temple of Mars, the fine art print in a single panel for mounting for framing was first drawn by artist J.B. Hilaire on an expedition to rediscover the sites of the Golden Age in 1776; nearly 40 years later printed by hand at the Dufour atelier in Paris in 1815, now after two centuries, renewed in digital capture and printed in warm light grisaille for new editions by Holly Alderman and Wallquest.Above, Views of Antiquity, here the same original scenes printed as floor to ceiling wallpaper in light sepia with a sky tint, two panels 96x54 inches, with a closer image below.
Another Classical scene printed on fine art paper for framing, from a second panorama, Views of Italy and the Bay of Naples, also printed on heavy linen for accent colors below.
Also printed on linen and other fabrics in new colorways for the new showroom.
New touchable customized editions of extremely rare wallpapers from Paris two centuries ago, with digital capture by Brilliant Studio and wall scenes renewal custom printed by Wallquest on forest certified premium non woven paper made in USA.
Artist, designer, photographer, writer, third generation Alderman in architectural arts, Holly Alderman grew up in modernism in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Her public art appeared on Wilshire Boulevard, LA on the old Westwood Inn Motel, a postmodern facade painted on stucco with twin managers Robert and Henry James. Her silkscreens, permanently at RISD in the Loeb design science collection, were exhibited in 2016 at the Synergetics Symposium. In greater Boston, her public art panoramas for parks were funded by the Cambridge Cultural Council, Belmont Cultural Council and Belmont Savings Bank. She served on the Advisory Committee for the Office for the Arts at Harvard for over two decades.
Holly Alderman aspires to awaken new generations to the power and beauty of proportions inherent in iconic forms deeply embedded in our visual culture. She explores Classical themes and nature for the potential to inspire original imagery for interiors and garden design.
Holly crossed the digital divide as a Mural Fellow in public art at the National Academy Museum in New York, to compose murals and curtains of multi-layered transparent iconic images of statues, architecture, reflections, traffic signals (in Bergdorf Men's windows at left) and landscapes in Central Park and Fifth Avenue. The Academy published her mural maquette in the center of the NA brochure. As a speaker and moderator at Boston Society of Architects annual conferences she presented panels on digital innovations for interior design and public art, four years.
Holly's original style of multi-layered images of statues, gardens and architecture, in fabrics, flags and wallcoverings appeared in a special outdoor exhibit for six months at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and were featured in Digital Graphics, PMA Magazine, 3QD and Lexjet's Great Output among others; selected works also appeared at the Chelsea Flower Show, Architectural Digest Show, the Brickyard in Cambridge and art tours.
Decorative painting, dining room murals, art objects and collages in more of Holly's original and historical styles have been featured in magazines, exhibitions, art tours, and five Decorator Show Houses as well as TOH/This Old House, Dream House, evening news, and Today.
Views with a Room
The Alderman garden park studio at Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, was designed as a summer retreat in early 1900s by architect William Emerson of Cambridge, before he was chair of the Department of Architecture at MIT. He was a benefactor of the Hagia Sophia, funding Robert Van Nice for decades as the architect of drawings, elevations and sections now in the collections at Dumbarton Oakes.
Alderman collaborates with designers from New York to Bangkok in advanced digital techniques for innovations in antique scenes and fabrics to produce touchable, accessible, sustainable, customized wallpaper and linens, cottons, satin cloth, silk and woven tapestry.
Holly's art and design resource, WALLGAZE synthesizes ten years of experiments in digital innovations for interior design with product development in heirloom wallpaper scenes, framed art and fabrics, as well as multi-layered transparent iconography printed on paper, silk and satin and woven as digital tapestry.
Holly's scenic wallpaper installations are designed in photo-sketches set in elevations, to be printed by Wallquest in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
KUDOS to Wallquest product developers, color separation artists and innovative printers who have brought back to life hand painted and hand printed heirlooms, extremely rare scenes and panoramas of 1815 to 1840 now preserved and renewed in digital imaging for customized editions and new audiences.
Wallquest is one of the most respected and innovative wallpaper manufacturers in the world with products sold in more than 50 countries. Our special decorative arts projects on papers other than wallpaper are also produced with Brilliant Studio, Superior Giclee, and Savron Graphics, among others.
Her wallpapers and photo-sketch elevations have been ordered by designers and owners from Santa Monica to Charleston to Istanbul, San Juan and San Diego and Park City, Las Vegas, Lake Forest, Palm Beach, San Antonio, Houston, Baltimore, DC, Katonah, Dublin, Toronto, London, Nice, Rome and Mumbai among others.
Alderman's antique wallpaper rooms and innovative art print designs have been recommended, presented, ordered, approved, and/or installed by designers including Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Aaron Stewart, Amelia Handegan, Jean-Louis Denoit, Michael S. Smith, David Driscoll, Tara Dudley, Jan Serafine, Tracey McKee and Pamela Peabody, among others.
D E C O R A T I V E P A I N T I N G
Alderman Studio is a workroom for original commissions, art accents, dot comedy acrylics, scrim curtains, window shades, whimsey, faux antiques, ceilings and floors and furniture as well as hand painting wallpaper scenes in light grisaille to etching or watercolor styles.
She painted faux facades on three buildings at three parks with the Cambridge and Belmont Arts Councils. Here is a sketch for her first public art, The Underwood Pool Pavilion of cinderblocks, and painted below (artist standing on steps).
Public Art for the Pavilion of the Oldest Town Pool in the USA, Belmont MA-- Watercolor sketch, 8"x10"
Acrylic paint on cinderblocks, 14'x60', Holly Alderman 1995
Soon after college, Holly and three friends studied magazine publishing with Pat Carbine at the Radcliffe Publishing Course and decided to create a best seller. They produced The Women's Almanac, 12 How to Handbooks in One with a print run of 135,000 copies and a cover of PW. Alderman also designed historical exhibitions and catalogs seen at the Boston Public Library and Harvard Club of New York and wrote arts features and newsletters for university and community newspapers.
Soon to appear on WALLGAZE as a vintage collection are photographs of European modernist architecture in 1938 made on a year-long fellowship tour by Bissell and Mary Alderman. In 1949 he founded Alderman & MacNeish, Architects and Engineers in West Springfield, Massachusetts and designed over 100 schools and many industrial buildings, banks, churches, synagogues plus 44 more buildings after retirement. His father, architect George P. B. Alderman apprenticed for five years for architect Cass Chapman in Chicago and opened his own firm in Holyoke in 1885 at age 23 to design Romanesque and Gothic town halls and churches throughout New England, city blocks and manufacturing, park avenues of high Victorian houses and mansions in Stamford and Greenwich.
Alderman Studio, Jaffrey NH
The old style peonies on the south ridge of Monadnock were planted about a hundred years ago by Frances W. M. Emerson whose husband architect William Emerson designed the summer house and gardens as a family compound next door to his cousins, grandchildren of Ralph Waldo Emerson, a retreat from Cambridge where he was Dean of Architecture at MIT and president of the Boston Society of Architects. The Emersons bequeathed their home at 159 Brattle Street to the Cambridge Historical Society in 1957 and their summer house was offered to his former student Bissell Alderman FAIA and Mary Compton Alderman.