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Artist Joseph Holodook

Joseph Holodook, Contemporary American Native Artist
from Hudson, New York.


Just a Friendly Game of Checkers

Just a Friendly Game of Checkers
by artist Joseph Holodook.
  • Joseph Holodook is considered to be one of the finest painters of native America.

  • As early as the age of two, sketching his mother on the back of an envelope while sitting at the kitchen table, Holodook has loved to paint and draw and this inherent love to create within his spirit was encouraged greatly when his priest gave the 9 year old boy his first set of oil paints.

  • It was soon discovered as his abilities developed that the young Holodook had a natural artistic talent, which was encouraged by his teachers, who in high school gave Joseph the opportunity to blossom as an artist by allowing him three full periods a day to create without any interruptions.

  • Joseph Holodook's art became an obsession so much so that after high school, he worked hard to put himself through evening college art courses and it was here that a professor of art, Lawrence Montalbo, introduced Joseph Holodook to the famous landscape painter, John Hesse; through his critique, Holodook was influenced in a profound and lasting way.

  • Game of checkers artist Joseph Holodook's paintings often depicted a nostalgic sojourn back in time to the small towns and villages of yesteryear where life was peaceful, friends could sip cider and sit by the cracker barrel, or go sugaring and skating in the winter and generally enjoy life as it was meant to be enjoyed.

  • Just A Friendly Game of Checkers depicted just such a motif, a cheerful game of checkers played in the general store between two friends, the store owner and his checkers buddy.

  • The typical checkers theme was portrayed as the friend explained some move on the game board between them as his facial expression and gesture realistically created the mood over the checkerboard as the storekeeper intently listens to the checker player’s word of wisdom or perhaps merely to a story retold as the checkers game got under way.

  • The artist Joseph Holodook's earth tone palette and natural postures of the figures in setting of the store would readily evoke nostalgic emotions and memories for many viewers and perhaps create an interest in that time period.

  • The game of checkers motif easily lent itself as a good genre subject to use for the development of nostalgic theme surrounding days gone by when life was uncomplicated and unhurried and when people could take time to enjoy a simple game of checkers in the middle of a work day.








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Wonder Mugs Play checkers online, and enjoy drinking from this cool wonder mug.
When adding hot liquid, the colors of the mug will change, checkers cool.

Checkers is a two-player game, where one player is assigned white-chip checkers and the other red. The aim is to play checkers online, capture all of the other player's checkers or make them impossible to move.

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