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Stained glass artist, muralist and teacher, born in Kinson, Dorset. He was early immersed in the life of Poole Harbour, working in Bolson’s shipyard and on the local paddle steamers. After National Service in the Royal Air Force, in which he was briefly involved in the Berlin Airlift to break the Soviet blockade of 1948–9, Hollaway was encouraged at Bournemouth College of Art by Frederic E Courtney, a lifelong friend and mentor. In 1953 Hollaway won a County Scholarship and entered the Royal College of Art as a Royal Scholar, where he took up stained glass and mural painting, developing a forceful, modern style. In 1957 he started A H Associates, soon becoming consultant to the architects’ division of Greater London Council’s housing division until it closed in 1968.
A 1963 slab-glass window for Boots’ Chemical Laboratory, Nottingham, was a challenging early job. Some of his most impressive pieces are in Leicestershire, among them a 1966 abstract relief in concrete at Leicestershire County Hall, Glenfield. Hollaway’s most important commission came in 1971 from the architect Harry Fairhurst, which resulted in five ambitious, dramatic windows for Manchester Cathedral. His final piece was a gift to his local church, All Saints, Allington, Lincolnshire. Holloway taught at the Central School of Art & Design, Kingston College of Art, Epsom School and Trent Polytechnic. He was a member of the Society of Designer-Craftsmen, British Society of Master Glass Painters, Society of Chartered Designers and the Contemporary Crafts Network. Hollaway was an excellent and amusing lecturer and good company, as unpretentiously willing to talk about his mistakes as his successes.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)