Dog in Water – on paper

Horace – a best friend’s dog

August was dedicated to exploring with paints on different substrates, primarily paper and the studio walls were filled to capacity.

Many artists agree that the finished product is rarely what they set out to create and there is an inevitable frustration with this. They need to continually test themselves, to learn and to improve their control of the medium. Often many complain they have overworked a piece as it “dies” in front of them.

Andrew decided he would develop some earlier ideas for Horace swimming in the Thames. (Horace, belonged to good friends and had striking black and white markings).


dog swimming, oil on wood panel, 50x50cm



Dog fetching, oil on wood panel, 40x 40cm

dog fetching, oil on wood panel, 40x 40cm

The paintings on wood panel were rendered in a familiar way and Andrew then employed some techniques from the work he had explored earlier to produce this final piece on paper.

Studying the same subject clearly connects a body of work but also offers some clarity between the style and the execution.


dog and stick, oil on paper, 56 x 76cm


Andrew finds these examinations create more questions than answers.

His work is therefore not done!

These works will be exhibiting in Central London with the Panter and Hall Gallery, Pall Mall, from mid October.

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take the cake  32 x 40 inches

Afternoon tea in Bath

The Historic city of Bath is best known for the stunning architecture, the Regency Crescents, and for the Roman Baths, Pump Rooms and Spa; recently updated with a well-considered Modernist extension which eloquently enhances the original building.



Bath has always attracted visitors from every corner of the world and it never disappoints. Light sandstone is used as the local building material which lifts and enhances the elegant architecture, taking it’s lead from the early Roman influence.


Andrew Holmes series of Venice paintings compliments and connects this structural history and have been welcomed at the Alexander Gallery over the past few months. These landscapes represent the early work Andrew explored and continues to revisit. His objective is to further develop these classical views in his own hand, to introduce a more contemporary style and to combine this with exploring how they can be interpreted with other subject matters.

Andrew became interested in food images, where he applied this initial, more traditional painting style and is now, possibly best known for his images of cakes.

the last slice  -Oil on Canvas - 16 x 20 inches

the last slice -Oil on Canvas – 16 x 20 inches

The Alexander Gallery have just received five new paintings focusing on this subject.

Bath is a beautiful city with a keen contemporary leaning; the surrounding countryside is quintessentially British and afternoon tea and cakes are synonymous with any visitor experience.


the gift – oil on canvas – 16 x 20 inches

Many artists are curious to experiment with an idea together with the medium they work with and Andrew is particularly drawn to how paints can be layered to achieve a simple dialogue.

Subjects that attract his attention are all derived from life and can therefore vary considerably, and although frustrating at times he thrives on the challenges these continually provide.



take the cake -oil on canvas – 32 x 40 inches

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The Alexander Gallery will be exhibiting a selection of Andrew Holmes work at the AAF in Bristol in September 2014.


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Lemon Meringue, Oil on Canvas, 61cm sq

Medici Gallery Exhibition

Andrew Holmes’ paintings have been well received at the Still Life show running until 8th July ’14.

The show includes a wide variety pieces from Pierre-Yves Russo’s paintings on Copper Plate alongside Jo Barrett, Barbara Richardson RBA, Tom Hughes and Anna Paik.

We were really pleased with the Lemon Meringue, a delicate pastry which, as a painting subject, provided an image with powerful form.

Lemon Meringue, Oil on Canvas, 61 x 61cm

Lemon Meringue, Oil on Canvas, 61cm sq

Andrew wanted to explore the contrasts of colour and dynamics of light, so, the making of the original meringue required care and considerable time to achieve good colour and consistencyFortunately it was delicious, and well worth the effort in every sense. 

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oil sketch (innocence) - Oil on Paper

Still Life – detail and abstraction

There is an exhibition of Still life work scheduled at The Medici Gallery in Cork Street, London, next month, which will include some of Andrew Holmes’ work.

The show opens on June 10th and runs through to July 8th 2014.

The Gallery Curator has chosen a number of Andrew Holmes’ still life paintings to exhibit in this show and we are delighted with his selection as these demonstrate Andrew’s interest in his still life work and studies, illustrating the process of his more recent examination of the subject.

devils food 50x50

devils food 50cm x 50cm



cake or cake - 61cm x 76cm - Oil on canvas

cake or cake – 61cm x 76cm – Oil on canvas







In particular, the work in this show brings together ideas drawn from some of Andrew’s earlier paintings. We’re pleased to see how this collection provides a short dialogue of where he  focuses on developing a number of these subjects and hopefully this exhibition of paintings helps to put his journey and the progression more into context.

While appreciating the achievements in work devoted to both hyperrealist and classical art studies, Andrew is striving to bring together these elements and to combine this with an understanding gained over many years in producing graphic illustration, art and design.

His aim is to accomplish a visual language in a simple form, without allowing the pieces to be naive.

Pin -up  -  1000cm x 800cm   -  Oil on Canvas

Pin -up – 1000cm x 800cm – Oil on Canvas


pin-up in soft focus 50x50

pin-up in soft focus -50cm x 50cm – Oil on Canvas





Already evident in some of the earlier larger scale pieces, by further editing the whole image and by expanding his detailed studies, Andrew is examining the more abstract elements of a subject. Encouraging the onlooker to engage and interact with the work.


songs of innocence  -  150cm x 120cm  -  Oil on Canvas

songs of innocence – 150cm x 120cm – Oil on Canvas

oil sketch (innocence) - Oil on Paper

oil sketch (innocence) – Oil on Paper

Medici established their name in the art world over 100 years ago and have been based in Mayfair since 1908. The Gallery is well known for Contemporary Art, alongside many sucessful years reproducing high quality prints. They aim to hold up to ten collective shows per year, introducing sculpture, ceramics, sketches and paintings from emerging artists, alongside exhibiting work from recognised names and artwork from the secondary market.

Cork Street is right in the centre of London’s West End, sited behind Piccadilly and Savile Row,  renowned for the tailoring business, and for many years, a hub for Contemporary Art Galleries.

 © AB Holmes 2014.  All Rights Reserved.

boy bathing crop

Final Shortlist

boy bathing 40cm x 40cm

boy bathing 40cm x 40cm

Andrew’s painting – boy bathing – has now reached the final stage of the 2014 Summer Exhibition selection process at the Royal Academy of Art.

All the works will be taken into the galleries where the Curators have a huge task ahead of them in arranging the final hang. During this process, they have to balance the pieces into a coherent display and, sadly, some of the works won’t make it onto the wall or into the exhibition space.

We now have to wait for the final notification which will be sent out to the contributors on May 22nd, 2014.

Update: Notification arrived 23rd stating, “Shortlisted- Not Hung”.

This has been an encouraging first attempt and hopefully he’ll have better luck next time.

In the meantime, a selection of Andrew Holmes still life works will be exhibiting over the June-July period with a well known Gallery just behind the Academy, in Cork Street.

Images and details to follow in our next post.

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boy bathing 40cm x 40cm
- Shortlisted Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition 2014

Royal Academy – Summer Exhibition 2014

boy bathing – shortlisted

This year artists were invited to a submit their work for the 2014 Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art by supplying digital images online.

The Academy limited the submissions to 12,000 and the judges then selected 4,000 to be delivered for further assessment. Artists who have been fortunate enough to be shortlisted at this stage are asked to deliver their work to the Academy for further appraisal by the judges and will be notified on 2nd May 2014 regarding the final selection.

boy bathing crop

boy bathing crop

Over several months, Andrew has been developing a series of sketches and paintings and he  submitted boy bathing – an oil on board – of a boy playing in the surf in the Caribbean,  which we dropped into the Academy yesterday for the next stage of judging.

Less than 1000 works will finally make it into this years show which will be the Academy’s 246th, due to open on 9th June.

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