Gondolas at the Alexander Gallery

A few Classic views of Venice are now exhibiting in Bath over the coming months.

Gallery owner Peter Slade recently commissioned more work featuring Venice for his winter show and he dropped by to collect four new paintings from Andrew earlier this week.

Gondolas and mooring posts - oil on canvas - 60cm x 80cm
Gondolas and mooring posts – oil on canvas – 60cm x 80cm

When revisiting a subject, Andrew’s approach is to bring together new ideas developed in other areas he studies to his current work.

The exercise of exploring alternative subjects can expand and refresh the mind. This provides an opportunity to review and investigate both the way Andrew advances newer paint techniques, whilst considering the objectives of earlier interpretations.

evening return - oil on canvas 60 x 80cm
evening return – oil on canvas 60 x 80cm

Within the larger and more traditional pieces the informal areas of paint often achieve more clarity and is a source Andrew will then go on to develop in abstract form.

from Riva degli Schiavoni to San Giorgio Maggiore – oil on canvas – detail

Venice overwhelms us with the it’s unique and fascinating atmosphere. In the smaller painting waking gondolas – below, Andrew’s composition discernibly shows evidence of his interest with the more abstract frame of reference. This quiet place, set to one side, offers a peaceful, uncomplicated space and by employing a limited palette with less complex brushwork he hopes this study provides the narrative.

waking gondolas - oil on canvas - 38cm x 46cm
waking gondolas – oil on canvas – 38cm x 46cm


To see this years Alexander Gallery Autumn/ Winter catalogue, please click on this link: http://alexandergallerybath.co.uk/exhibitions-and-events

For Andrew Holmes work currently exhibiting with this Gallery:http://alexandergallerybath.co.uk/artists/28/Andrew_Holmes

Andrew Holmes website:www.andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2015, All rights reserved.

Discerning Eye 2015

The Discerning Eye annual exhibition is a show of small works opening this week.

Work for this exhibition is selected from open submission and from artists invited by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. Each individual selector curates work by their invited artists alongside the successful selected submissions. 

French fashion designer Nicole Farhi CBE, who more recently has developed her own interests in sculpture and Emma Bridge­water, founder of the eponymous pottery, represent the artists. Larry Lamb, a well-known actor and Stephen Doherty, Director of Visitor Communications for Somerset House, are this years two collectors and they will all co curate this show alongside critics Steve Pill, the editor of Artists & Illustrators magazine and Stephen Snoddy, Gallery Director of The New Art Gallery in Walsall.

Each selector’s section is hung separately giving the impression of six small exhibitions within the whole.

Andrew was delighted to be invited by Steve Pill to be part of this show. Steve has expressed an interest in his work and in particular the bather pieces. With this in mind Andrew has painted Em Bathing, an oil on panel for Steve’s wall. This study encouraged a further development of earlier works, in particular A bathing and B bathing, where Andrew is exploring the relationship between light within dark in combination with the techniques he has employed when working on different subjects.

Em bathing, oil on panel, 40cm x 50cm. (Sold)
Em bathing, oil on panel, 40cm x 50cm. (Sold)

The art critic Brian Sewell who recently died aged 84 was a key figure in the founding of The Discerning Eye and was the only person who was a selector more than once  said “I was here right at the beginning of it … and I’m sentimentally deeply attached to it because Michael Reynolds, whose inspired idea it was, was an old friend”. He will be greatly missed.

To find out more about the organisation behind this exhibition please see: http://www.discerningeye.org/about/intro/intro.php

The exhibition will be opening  in Central London at the Mall Galleries on Thursday 12th November for 10 days from 10am to 5pm and entrance is free.

For further information, please see: http://www.andrewholmes.co.uk/AB_Holmes/home.html

 contact Andrew at: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2015, All rights reserved.

Panter and Hall Gallery

Earlier this week Andrew Holmes delivered a selection of paintings to Pall Mall in Central London.

The above painting, dog retrieves stick, an oil on paper, is mounted and framed behind glass.

Works by Andrew Holmes will also be exhibiting with Panter and Hall at the autumn Affordable Art Fair held in Battersea Park alongside many other artists, including paintings by Chris Bushe RSW, David Storey and Martin Llewellyn, pastels and watercolours by Lara Scouller, enamel pieces by Athol Whitmore, and some 3D wallhangings by David Farrer .

The show starts with a Charity preview evening at 5.30pm on Wednesday 21st October, opening to the public on Thursday 22nd running through to the 25th Oct. 2015. 


AB Holmes - dog retrieves stick - 58cm x 76cm
AB Holmes – dog retrieves stick – 58cm x 76cm (Sold)


For more information regarding the work currently exhibited with Panter and Hall, please see:


For further information, please see: http://www.andrewholmes.co.uk/AB_Holmes/home.html

 contact Andrew at: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2015, All rights reserved.


New Work – lighting the dark

Further studies of bathers.

Andrew Holmes figurative work is further developing his enquiry into observations of life subjects in relation to a space and has continued with more abstract examination using contrasts and the consequent effect.

What we see, or chose to focus on is unique to each individual and why or how the aesthetic appeals or not continues to fascinate Andrew.

Andrew has been working with various components of an image and by employing a variety of elements, these have provided a new and intriguing thread of thought. In abstracting an image Andrew finds he can gain an alternative appreciation of the more relevant aspects, specifically in connection to the surrounding location and how this bears relevance to an image.

Some freedom from the usual constraints of the more traditional approach combines Andrew’s interest in both the conceptual and the more conventional methods of expression.

This recent painting – rock pool bathers – is one of several works which will be showing later this month.  

rock pool bathers - oil on panel - 50cm x 60cm
rock pool bathers – oil on panel – 50cm x 60cm (Sold)

To contact Andrew, please email info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2015, All rights reserved.

The Blackheath Gallery


Over Several years, a selection of Andrew Holmes works have been exhibited with  Gallerist James Corless, at the Blackheath Gallery, near Greenwich.

James opened the gallery in 1975 mainly to showcase his own work plus that of a small group of artists who’s work he admired. Over its 40 years the gallery has gained an impressive reputation for showing work of a very high standard and attracts artists submissions from all over the globe.

Andrew was delighted to have been invited to join them, initially showing Venice subjects:

Salute-Impressions 24" x24" (Sold)
Salute-Impressions 40cm x 40cm (Sold)
San Marco side Ponte dell Accademia – 40cm x 40cm (Sold)
May-dawn-on-the-Grand-Canal – 40cm x55cm (Sold)

Andrew Holmes cherry paintings exhibited with The Blackheath Gallery.

cherries-in-dappled-light ( Sold Blackheath)
Cherries in dappled light – oil on canvas – 50cm x 50cm, (Sold)
bowl-of-cherries ( Sold  Blackheath)-I
bowl of cherries I ( Sold )

James also exhibited several landscape works by Andrew, in particular a local scene of the Eyot  a landmark on the Thames in Chiswick and one of Andrew’s favourite pieces.

Eyot - Oil on canvas (Sold)
Eyot – Oil on canvas (Sold)

The Gallery also holds an impressive folio of original prints. Including an eclectic range of work from 20 and 21st Century greats such as Pablo Picasso, Jean Miro, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and Gary Hume.

Last Autumn the space was extended and has recently re-opened.

To contact James at the Blackheath Gallery E-mail: james@blackheath-gallery.co.uk

            website :http://blackheath-gallery.co.uk

Grand Canal - entrance
Grand Canal – entrance – 50cm x 50cm (Sold)

To contact Andrew, please email info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2015, All rights reserved.

Democratic Beach

AB Holmes – searcher – Oil on Panel, 40cm x 50cm

The Jack House Gallery in Old Portsmouth previewed a new exhibition this week featuring Andrew Holmes Bathers and Studies in Water.

Sunday, oil on panel, 50cm x 50cm
Sunday boys, oil on panel, 40cm x 40cm

Timed to co-incide with the opening day of the America’s Cup Challenge, the area was teeming with yachtsman and sailing enthusiasts, the water awash with sailsDespite some inclement weather we hope everyone enjoyed the events that took place and congratulate the teams for their determination.

Old Town, Portsmouth’s heritage and legacy is rooted in the dockyard, known for the early convict resettlement ships and the port where Nelson set sail for the battle of Trafalgar.

In recognition of the first Convict resettlement ship leaving Portsmouth Harbour

The Cathedral, tucked away behind the sea wall was first constructed in the 12th century, the original spire doubling as a lighthouse. Now a substantial building after several adaptations and additions – well worth a visit while in the area.


Portsmouth was the the birthplace of both the writer Charles Dickens and the actor Peter Sellars. Not forgetting fellow artist and good friend, Aldo Balding – http://aldobalding.com )

Bather II – oil on panel – 40cm x 40cm

As an artist, collaborating with new Gallerists requires traveling to previously unexplored places. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this town and meeting the people in the area.

For more information regarding Andrew Holmes work currently showing with Rebecca at the Jack House Gallery please see: http://www.jackhousegallery.co.uk/news/

To contact Andrew, please email info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2015, All rights reserved.

Works on Paper – bathers

Over recent months, Andrew has further explored some earlier ideas of bathers on paper.

 Initially only intended to be studies for the bather subjects on panel, as Andrew explored various mediums, this became an interesting process where several pieces have evolved into “stand alone” works.

bathers sketch IV. charcoal & acrylic on layered mylar. 31cm x 41cm
bathers sketch IV. charcoal and acrylic on layered mylar. 31cm x 41cm
bathers sketch VI, charcoal & acrylic on layered mylar, 31cm x 41cm
bathers sketch VI, charcoal & acrylic on layered mylar, 31cm x 41cm

Andrew explains briefly why he is interested in this subject, and about the work, below:

“Observing a group bathers is, to me, a representation of how we can interact, both with each other and with nature. On the fringe of our world we push just slightly into the unknown space of the ocean. It’s a place where, for a short time, we can leave the material “stuff of life” behind, and simply enjoy the company of family and friends, or spend time alone to reflect. If we enter the sea on our own or break off for a few minutes from the group, we can swim a little, float, walk or stand and there, in isolation, have nothing impinge from the outside into our thoughts. It can offer the chance for reflection or dreams, perhaps a neutral state where we can spiritually relax too”.
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