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Stephen Holman
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Born: 1962 (age 59-60)
Hastings, East Sussex, England
Occupation: Artist
Spouse: Josephine Huang

Stephen Holman is an Anglo-American artist that created the mixed media segment Life with Loopy, seen on the Nickelodeon animated sketch comedy series KaBlam!.

Holman incorporates paintings, stop motion animation and performance art into his work.

Early Life

Holman spent the majority of his youth drawing and painting in Sussex. When he turned 17, he began studying art at The University of East London and wrote his thesis on the industrial music group Throbbing Gristle. Holman traveled to New York City when he was 21, as part of a two-week trip to show his films in underground clubs, but has since stayed in the United States.

Career Breakthrough

Between 1984 and 1986, Holman would screen experimental films at bars and nightclubs. However, to better engage his guests, he started to include live performance as well. This led to the formation of his first performance art ensemble, Torture Chorus, in 1986. Many live shows were then staged in popular New York City venues such as 8BC, The Kitchen, Danceteria and Franklin Furnace.

In 1987, Holman moved to Los Angeles and co-founded Theatre Carnivale, a vaudevillian performance troupe/venue which showcased cutting-edge performance artists alongside exotic entertainment such as sword-swallowing strippers and professional magicians. By the early 1990s, Theatre Carnivale received grants and staged productions in major venues in the Los Angeles area as well as across the United States, England and Japan (including The Kitchen in New York City, England's Channel 4 TV and Tokyo's International Theater Festival). Holman's surreal sense of humor, combined with his skill of translating his art into colorful scenery, brought the group great success.

In the early 1990s, Holman was hired as an artist for the CBS comedy series Pee-Wee's Playhouse. He created the three-part segment "Joe Normal" for a Season 2 episode of MTV's animation showcase Liquid Television in 1992. By this time, Holman had met his partner and future wife, Josephine Huang, who graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute. They would create their own film/television production company, (W)Holesome Products Inc., in 1993. Huang would land work on the 1993 stop motion animated musical dark fantasy film The Nightmare Before Christmas and was lead animator for the 1996 musical fantasy film James and the Giant Peach.

Creation of Life with Loopy

Holman found great success with Nickelodeon. He created a live-action short film "We Are the Shrimpskins" for the network as an interstitial (running between regular programming). As part of the contract, an animated short film was to be included as well, leading to him creating Life with Loopy. While "Shrimpskins" did not continue, Loopy would find fame on the animated sketch comedy series KaBlam!, in 36 episodes with one short film each, and a half-hour special episode (the latter featuring short films seen on previous episodes of KaBlam!) that aired by itself on Nickelodeon.

After Life with Loopy

Holman and Huang co-created the 2002 animated series Phantom Investigators, airing on Kids' WB. However, it only ran for one season with 13 episodes. In 2012, they co-created a Disney Junior series, The Bite-Sized Adventures of Sam Sandwich, with 10 short films.

Holman's work can be seen on display at Dove Biscuit Studio, an art gallery located on the mezzanine floor inside The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles. He is currently working on his first children’s book series, to be published by Little, Brown and Company.

External links



An Interview with STEPHEN HOLMAN - Creator of LIFE WITH LOOPY from KABLAM