A new Page has been added to this blog:

Behind the Scenes -

Andrew Holmes design and Illustration background

Shaftsbury IT

Shaftsbury IT

Tott boys

Tott boys

Better known as Andy Holmes in the industry, Andrew has worked as an Illustrator since the 1980’s, contributing to many advertising and publishing campaigns.


In no particular order, this is a short selection of the images highlighting the wide variety of the projects Andrew has produced over these years.


Blue David











Created from 1998 to 2008 these pieces were inspired by the digital imaging and information transfer technologies which were developing at an accelerated pace during the 1990’s.

Using deconstructed images, the pixel is replaced with simple geometric shapes, and the overlaying of these, echoing the techniques employed in painting.

Although the original works were only intended as experimental and never publicly circulated, they did, however, result in commissions for film commercials.

Examples of Andrew’s more current Illustration Style.


Bauer breakfast


Chair 10





















Save water

Save water

As part of the We Are What We Do project, the charity, Community Links, published the book, Change the world for a fiver.

With 50 actions described by different photographers and illustrators, Andrew was given a brief to illustrate how water can be saved by sharing a “fun bath-time” with a partner.

Originally printed in 2004, a number of international editions followed.

With the planned regeneration of Doha centre, in 2006, the consortium managing the scheme commissioned a series of paintings to illustrate the city as both a site of culture and heritage, and as a concept of the future development.

Doha causeway

Doha causeway


Doha Site view

Doha Fishing Wharf

Doha Fishing Wharf

Andrew spent a week or so in Qatar researching the area and gathering information for these images which were then digitally generated from location photographs with additional sketches and plans produced by the architects.

He has subsequently reproduced additional views of his own in oils from some of his earlier sketches.


dhow – Doha Harbour – Oil on canvas – 40 x 40cm


Desert Road, Doha

Many projects are still is use today and are ongoing.

Boris Bikes

Boris Bikes

Sponsored by Barclays Bank, Transport for London introduced the bicycle hire scheme – affectionately known as ‘Boris bikes’ – in 2010. The launch was supported by a London-wide campaign and web activity using light-humoured illustrations to promote awareness and educate Londoners about the scheme.



Walls Calippo – 1993

A series of 4 paintings were commissioned for Wall’s ice cream and used in the summer poster campaign of 1993. Each piece was influenced by the style of a different artist, but these new compositions used a clean and fresh palette.




Walls Viennetta

Walls Viennetta -1993










The Artists and Illustrators Magazine published this article covering the creative input behind the Campaign in August 1994.







Syringe - Action against addiction

Syringe – 1998 – Action on Addiction

In 1998 the Action on Addiction charity commissioned an artwork using the portrait painting, ‘Myra’, by Marcus Harvey, as a style reference for the image of a syringe made up from life sized children’s hand-prints.


Five well known paintings were selected,  each with a difference. In 1992, Barclays Bank wanted to communicate awareness of financial pitfalls to the customer. They selected works by Constable, Monet, Dali, Cezanne and Van Gogh which were then recreated in acrylic on canvas, but with focal elements replaced with objects that supported the new message.




2CV – (Insurance)



In 1998, Adidas’s agency, Legas Delaney, commissioned illustrations for a poster campaign featuring 4 sports personalities: Kobe Bryant, Paul Ince, Prince Naseem and Anna Kournikova. The portraits consisted of individual footwear images, relevant to each sport, which constructed the final holistic image.


Kobe Bryant – Adidas Campaign 1998


Paul Ince – Adidas Campaign 1998


Book Cover

Commissioned Book Cover

Examples of Andrew’s naive style for editorial and publishing illustration during the 1980’s and 90’s.

Banks Beer

Banks Beer


























Over the years Andrew has frequently been asked to supply original Artwork for dressing into Film Sets, this would cover anything from a selection of posters, signs, sketches and finished paintings to designing generic packaging and labels.



lingerie Artwork



Size 13








Two images of generic designs used as dressing in shops and department stores for films.















From a series of Twelve Artists portraits in Andrew Holmes illustrative style.


Three more recent isometric designs and Artworks commissioned by Transport for London. These follow a successful campaign Andrew developed with the Agency celebrating the  Olympic backdrop of London in 2012.


Transport for London

Transport for London NW 2014

Transport for London SW

Transport for London SW 2014

Roundle roundabout

Roundle roundabout 2014


Archive images – 2010 to date



Red Llama


chair 11

chair 02

chair 02


























Night blossom

Night blossom


For further information, please see:

 contact Andrew at:

© AB Holmes 2014, All rights reserved. 

B bathing- oil on panel - 50 x 60 cms

Figures in water

More recent Andrew Holmes paintings of bathers will be exhibiting with the Panter and Hall Gallery next week at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, London.


Generations – oil on panel – 50 x 50 cms

‘Generations’ is one piece in a collection Andrew has been developing since ‘boy bathing’. Working on a group of themed studies of figures in water, Andrew is using a limited palette, focusing on simple compositions while exploring the application of the medium onto wood panel or paper.

B bathing oil on panel 50 x 60 cms

B bathing  – oil on panel – 50 x 60 cms

The images are derived from a variety of subjects observed in different locations, by interpreting the way the light interacts with water and a figure in a particular setting, the hope is for each painting to achieve a sense of it’s own place and time while still contributing to the group as a whole.

For more information regarding this work, please see:

For further information, please see:

 contact Andrew at:

© AB Holmes 2014, All rights reserved. 



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.

For further information, please see:

 contact Andrew at:

© AB Holmes 2014, All rights reserved. 

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

For more information regarding this work, please see:

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


For further information, please see:

 contact Andrew at:

© AB Holmes 2014, All rights reserved. 

untitled_pancakes_stacked40 cm x 51cm

Edible Still life

Now showing with the Dadbrook Gallery

A selection of Andrew’s still life work is now available with the Dadbrook Gallery based in Buckinghamshire, established nearly a decade ago.

The owner of the Gallery is Clico Kinsbury, who’s commitment to Art is evident in her selection of works, and the success of the gallery, has precipitated the recent appointment of Kat Kowalewska as Gallery Manager. 

Clico and Kat are delightful and are both passionate  about art.

 untitled_pancakes_stacked40 cm x 51cm

untitled_pancakes_stacked, 40 cm x 51cm

For further information, please see:

 contact Andrew at:

© AB Holmes 2014, All rights reserved. 


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. 

For more information regarding the work showing with Medici Gallery, please see:


For further information, please see:

 contact Andrew at:

© AB Holmes 2014, All rights reserved. 


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.