Mike Holtom, Southwold based abstract artist, was one of the founding members of the Inspired by Becker Art Society.
Present at most plein-air sketch meetings, his drawing was closely observed and finely executed. His studio work then transformed these representational marks into the elements that claimed his attention.
Mike wrote of the inspiration he found in Harry Becker’s work: “Some aspects of Becker’s work that I admire: Spontaneity, simplicity, fluidity and swiftness of execution capturing moments of movement or stillness. Spare use of paint to express shape, form and atmosphere. An economy of means. Figures and animals that have a classic grace and dignity set in landscapes that avoid the picturesque. A truthfulness and artistic integrity”.
The Mike Holtom Award was created after Mike died in 2017, and is presented annually to an artist in the show who submits an entry to the Award which best responds to elements of Becker’s work, be it use of colour, mark making, subject matter, expressing movement etc. It can be figurative or abstract; the key feature is that it demonstrates a connection to Becker’s work rather than replicating his style.