On display through April

Behold, Wild Spirits . . . !

Stephen Holman


Click on images above for a closer look at the artwork on view. Sales inquiries may be sent to: ouroboros@bookarts.org

Established in the Tashiro KaplanBuilding in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, Ouroboros participates in the First Thursday and Second Saturday Art Walks. In addition to playing host to literary events and presentations the exhibition space will also feature established and emerging artists from around the globe.

121 Prefontaine Place South

Seattle, Washington 98104





STEPHEN HOLMAN is an Anglo-American artist who incorporates PAINTING, STOP-MOTION ANIMATION and PERFORMANCE ART into his work. Past highlights from his four decade career include creating and directing ground-breaking animation series for Nickelodeon (LIFE WITH LOOPY/KABLAM!), Warner Bros (PHANTOM INVESTIGATORS), MTV (JOE NORMAL), and Disney (THE BITE-SIZED ADVENTURES OF SAM SANDWICH), and working as an artist on PEE WEE’S PLAYHOUSE. In the late 1980s, he co-founded era-defining, neo-vaudevillian performance troupe THEATRE CARNIVALE in LA, and in the 90s collaborated and toured with Japanese Noise artists and performed with his ensemble TORTURE CHORUS at the TOKYO INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL. This era culminated with a retrospective exhibition at the HORSE HOSPITAL in London, UK in 2014.  In recent years Holman has concentrated mainly on exhibiting his paintings, and has had several international solo exhibitions. His work has been called “a wildly inventive treat” by the LA TIMES and “performance art at its finest, with the guts to go beyond the boundaries” by the LA WEEKLY. 


My paintings explore the mysterious worlds of childhood, nature and the imagination. Bright, colorful, and playful at first sight, containing vibrant images of animals, children, mythology and metamorphosis, they function also as visual allegories, commenting on both the light and the dark side of our complex physical and metaphysical relationship with nature.

I am inspired and influenced by scientific, biological, alchemical and occult history, surrealism, symbolism, dada, children’s literature and the world of nature. I am also an avid collector of antiquarian supernatural fiction and books on magic; I incorporated miniature portraits of Arthur Machen and Austin Osman Spare into the sets of my Phantom Investigators stop motion animation series for Warner Bros, and enjoy confounding cultural expectations whenever possible.


BA Fine Art (Hons) – University of East London 1983
2017 Ouroboros Gallery, Seattle (April).
Pop Secret Gallery, Los Angeles (October).
2016 Long Beach Expo Center, Long Beach, CA
2015 Opodz Gallery, Little Tokyo, LA
2015 The Horse Hospital, London, UK
2013 Dove Biscuit Studio, Los Angeles
2012 Hive Gallery, Los Angeles
2011 Hive Gallery, Los Angeles
2007 Ghettogloss Gallery, Los Angeles.
2007 Remy’s-On-Temple Gallery, Los Angeles.
2006 Track 16 Gallery. Santa Monica, CA.
1994 Morphos Gallery, San Francisco.
1991 EZTV, Los Angeles.
1990 Onyx Gallery, Los Angeles
1989 Bobo Gallery, San Francisco.
2016 ‘Create or Die’ – Dove Biscuit Studio, LA
2015 ‘Seafaring Tales’ – Cactus Gallery, LA
2014 ‘Twice-Told Tales’ – Flower Pepper Gallery, LA
2013 Inaugural Exhibition, Wrong Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2010 ‘Vicious Circle’ Young Projects, Pacific Design Center, LA
2008 ‘Dismorphic Visualization Syndrome’ – Zero One Gallery, LA.
2008 ‘Apres Garde’ – Gallery 1988, San Francisco
2007 ‘Body of Art’ – J Ferrari Gallery, LA

EXHIBITIONS CURATED (with Josephine T. Huang)
2014-2016 ‘SECRET ART OF ANIMATORS’ annual exhibitions, Hive Gallery, LA
2016 ‘RITE’ art by Renaissance Arts Academy students. The Last Bookstore, LA.
PERFORMANCE ART (selected highlights)
Aug/Dec 2015 “Alchemical Coffee Shop” Cafe de Leche, Los Angeles
July 2014 “Alchemical Ritual/Tribute to Mike Kelley” MOCA, Los Angeles
Sept. 2007 “O Lucky Man!” Ghettogloss Gallery. Los Angeles
Feb 2007 “Memory Cake.” Remy’s On Temple Gallery. Los Angeles.
Nov. 2006 “Tourism without Tears.” Track 16 Gallery. LosAngeles.
Dec. 2005 “Goodbye Normal Genes.” Steve Allen Theater. Los Angeles.
1998 “Siam Ultra Love Spectacular”. Hosei University. Tokyo.
1992 “Bigg Mess.” The Kitchen. NYC (with Johanna Went, Clam Lynch and Tom Murrin).
1992 “Laugh and Be Happy”. Tokyo International Theater Festival.
1992 “Torture Chorus” Alchemy Records 10th anniversary Tour of Japan.
1991 “The Grandeur of Falsehood, the Vengeance of Squid.” One month run – Marsh Theater. San Francisco.
1990 “Self Obliteration of Human Form Pts 1-3.” The Kitchen, NYC , New Langton Arts, San Francisco and Force Nordstrom Gallery, SF.
1990 “Evidence of Love.” April in Chaos festival. Fort Mason, San Francisco.
1989 “Lysteria Hysteria.” Channel 4 TV, England.
1989 “Breakfast with the Moors Murderers.” Franklin Furnace. NYC.
1988 “Peter Pandemonium.” LACE. Los Angeles.
1987 – 1990 Co-founder/producer/director “Theatre Carnivale” – performance troupe and venue. Los Angeles.
1987 “Breakfast with the Moors Murderers.” LACE. Los Angeles.
1987 Breakfast with the Crowleys.” UCLA. Los Angeles.
1986 “Beyond the Valley of the Doors of Perception” (with Andy Somma). Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago and The Lab, San Francisco.
1984 “Torture Chorus.” Franklin Furnace. NYC.
2016 Stop Motion Magazine – Cover photo and feature article.
2010 ‘Bunker Vision’ Artillery Magazine
2008 ‘Not just Cartoons…Nicktoons!’ – the history of Nick TV.
2008 New York Noise – book documenting 80s NY art scene. Soul Jazz Press.
Nov. 2006 Juxtapoz Magazine (article).
Nov 2006 LA Weekly Theater Pick.
June 2002 LA Times. “Phantom Investigators” series premiere review.
April 2002 SF Weekly. 10 page cover story.
Feb 2000 Paper Magazine (article)
Feb 2000 Soma Magazine “Good Wholesome Fun” article.
1999 Proof Magazine #1. “In Conversation with Stephen Holman.”
1997 Ben is Dead magazine. “Stephen Holman Interviewed.”
Nov. 1994 Wired Magazine. “The Bumpy Brothers” by Joe Hutsko.
1994 Art Issues magazine. Morphos Gallery show review by Glen Helfand.
Nov. 1992 New York Post. “4 Times their own Frenzy.” Review.
Oct 1992 Music Magazine (Japan). “Torture Chorus live” Review.
Sept 1992 Millimeter Magazine. “8 young animators redraw the lines.”
Summer 1992 File 13 Magazine. “Shock Theater, Rabbits, Food and History.”
Summer 1992 Ben is Dead magazine. “Torture Chorus” article.
June 1991 San Francisco Guardian. “Bake a Cake for Jesus.”
Nov 1990 Paper Magazine. “LA’s Artaud” article.
Jan 1990 Paper Magazine. “Killer Comedy.” Article by Tom Murrin.
1989 Village Voice. “LA Performance Scene.” Harvey Pekar/Paul Mavrides.
Mar. 1988 Art Forum. “Breakfast with the Moors Murderers” review John Howell.
LA Weekly Best of LA award 1987 (“Best Non-Chemical Mind Expansion.”)
Dec 1987 LA Weekly. “Dark Carnival”. Article/pick of the week.
May 1987 LA Weekly (“Mad about the Ghoul”)
1990 Franklin Furnace/Jerome Foundation Fund for Performance Art.
2011 – 2017 Resident Artist – THE HIVE GALLERY, Los Angeles
2012 – 2017 Resident Artist – DOVE BISCUIT STUDIO, Los Angeles
STOP-MOTION ANIMATION SERIES (created, directed, designed and cowritten)
2009 “The Bite-Sized Adventures of Sam Sandwich” Disney Junior
2002 “Phantom Investigators” Sony/Warner Bros.
1996 – 2000 “Life with Loopy” Nickelodeon. 4 seasons.
1992 “Joe Normal”. MTV
2012 – present Visual Arts Advisor/Teacher – Art History/Art Workshop: Renaissance Arts Academy, K-12, title 1 charter school, Los Angeles.
2015 CAL ARTS. Spring semester teaching experimental animation night class.
2015 Otis College. Lecture and workshop. Marnie Weber class.
1990 – 1991 San Francisco Art Institute. 2 semesters teaching comic book art and performance art classes.
2015- Present. Discoverer of and acting agent to, 74 year-old, homeless outsider artist William A. Hall. Work has included co-editing book on Hall, connecting him to an international dealer, coordinating press and finances, and helping William to find accommodation and manage his personal affairs.


Tom Allen discusses Esoteric Art in an essay he wrote  for CLAVIS Journal of Occult Arts, Letters and Experience:

OCCULT AESTHESIS: Toward an Esoteric Theory of the Art Object.


In 2009 William Kiesel founded the Esoteric Book Conference and began curating an Esoteric Art Exhibition at the annual event. In the intervening years many US and international artists have been represented whose work finds its source, expression or  aesthetic among esoteric currents.

Amodali, Kineta Chien, Troy Chambers, Maria Dolorosa de la Cruz, Francísco D., Raven Ember, Don Farrell, Barry William Hale, Carolyn Hamilton-Giles, Valerie Herron, Lis Wright Ivec, Timo Ketola, Travis Lawrence, Kate Merriwether Lynch, Joshua Madara, Carlos Melgoza, Orryelle Defenestrate Bascule, Denny Sargent, Gabriela Sarna, Daniel A. Schulke, Liv Rainey-Smith, Rima Staines, Hagen Von Tulien, Joseph Uccello, Benjamin Vierling, Bryan Kent Ward, Markus Wolff.