New figurative studies

 White Dresses and Generic girls

To celebrate a new year, here’s a selection of  Andrew Holmes life paintings he’s developed over the past few months.

The ‘white dress figures’ are first painted as full life studies and Andrew then overpaints a simple white shape to highlight the form and contrasts between the soft and sharp surfaces.

untitled figure 7 - oil on canvas - 51cm x 41cm
untitled figure 7 – oil on canvas – 51cm x 41cm
untitled figure 06 - oil on canvas - 51cm x 41cm
untitled figure 06 – oil on canvas – 51cm x 41cm
untitled figure 05 Oil on paper 76cm x57cm
untitled figure 05 Oil on paper 76cm x57cm

In particular, the works are rooted in Andrew’s interest in aesthetics and how an image affects us on a more emotional level.

Using a limited palette for the ‘white dress figures’ he wants these informal  poses to flow and invites the viewer to take a closer look.

Whereas in the generic series (below), these are not as obviously sensual but seemingly frozen, isolated, squared on to the canvas and confronting the audience.

Generic girls
Generic girl in black -oil on panel -76cm x 57cm
Generic girl in white - oil on panel - 80cm x 60cm
Generic girl in white – oil on panel – 80cm x 60cm

Some artists use greens as a colour for underpainting skin tones and Andrew liked the idea that, similar to applying make-up, this could be used as a suggestion of camouflage.

In either group, substrates, textures and colours have been used to differing effect. In Generic Girls the ghostly pallor in girl in black or broken green and brown patina on girl in white’s skin and use of heavier paintwork in the dress, is designed to make the viewing remote and less comfortable.

Commercially, generic forms are employed to target larger audiences and Andrew’s background in providing imagery in this field makes him very aware of the power of this subtle use for psychological messaging.

Girl in blue - oil on paper -76cm x 58cm
Girl in blue – oil on paper -76cm x 58cm

In the faces and body poses Andrew intended to offer an oblique familiarity. Using a combination of his own sketches and references, he continues to explore different techniques and further examine the power of this language. 

untitled figure 9- oil on canvas - 51cm x 41cm
untitled figure 9- oil on canvas – 51cm x 41cm

For Andrew Holmes website, please see : 

http://www.andrewholmes.co.uk/AB_Holmes/home.html

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

© AB Holmes 2016, All rights reserved.

Thompson’s Gallery – Still, Not Static

For the next couple of weeks Andrew Holmes is showing a small group of cake paintings in Marylebone, Central London.

Devon - 51 x 61cm - oil on canvas
Devon – 51 x 61cm – oil on canvas

‘Still, Not Static’ includes sculptures by  Andrew Lacey, Johannes Von Stumm and Vanessa Pooley, paintings by Peter Kelly, Terence Clarke and Serena Rowe, to name a few. Tony de Wolf’s detailed work is a development of his studies in the techniques of the Flemish Masters and his paintings have hung beside Andrew’s work in other still life exhibitions.

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What’s in a name

I am a doughnut –

Food and cake paintings provide a rich source of inspiration and this subject is where Andrew Holmes is perhaps better known.

Whilst Andrew plans a series of paintings under an initial group title, it is  during the process where he then determines how this will be reflected and when individual titles are attributed.

a rose is a rose is a doughnut -122 x 152 cm - Oil on canvas
a rose is a rose is a doughnut -122 x 152 cm – Oil on canvas

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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.

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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. 

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Panter and Hall Gallery

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

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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.

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