Morning, 40cm sq - oil on panel

“Morning” bather called in for the RA Summer selection

“Morning” has been called in to the Royal Academy for the second stage of the selection process for the forthcoming annual Summer Exhibition.

Andrew is drawn to the subjects of water and bathers, in particular because the light, layers and content can offer him the opportunity to represent these in a natural, understated manner.

In combining a restrained application of paint with the simple composition he hopes to reflect this in these works and to retain the integrity of the subject matter.

Morning, 40cm sq - oil on panel

Morning, 40cm sq – oil on panel

A selection of Andrew Holmes’ works in water is currently exhibiting with The Panter and Hall Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair in New York this week, previewing on the 25th March at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, running until March 29th 2015.

The show will also include some of the “dogs in water” pieces, (seen below), mentioned in the earlier blog post, Studies of Water.

dog carrying stick, oil on panel, 40 x 40cm

dog carrying stick, oil on panel, 40 x 40cm

More in the “in water” series are scheduled for a solo show later this year with a new gallery who already represents an impressive body of emerging and established Artists.

Andrew is currently working towards the show and we look forward to updating the blog with information about this soon.

For information regarding the work showing with the Panter and Hall Gallery, please see:

http://www.panterandhall.com/artist/andrew-holmes/Available-or-Enquire#works

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.

Ryan, oil on panel, 40cm sq

National Portrait Gallery – BP Award 2015

Later this year, the art world will be keenly awaiting the final shortlisted paintings for the annual BP Portrait award.

The preliminary round of judging is now complete. For the first time, all submissions were made online and out of close to three thousand applications, five hundred have been called in for the next stage.  

Yesterday Andrew dropped a painting off and met a lady who has travelled from New York solely to deliver her piece for this next round of judging.

Around fifty portraits out of the five hundred that were called in will go on to be selected to exhibit alongside the winners in the annual exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery from June to September 2015.

This is considered a prestigious award, followed internationally, and any artist chosen to exhibit would be very honored to be included.

Portraiture requires detailed observation and is considered important in developing good draftsmanship. Andrew regularly joins a group where they practice sketching and drawing (mentioned in an earlier post, “Learning to look -life sketches”) and has occasionally worked these up in paint. This will be his first submission of a portrait piece.

Ryan, oil on panel, 40cm sq

Ryan, oil on panel, 40cm sq

In the new year he painted Ryan, moving onto oils after some initial rough sketches. Leaving areas of apparent flat paint he focuses on simple lines of light paint to indicate the profile. This is a study where the highlights are his point of reference.

We wish all the artists contributing every success.

For more 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.

Lemon Meringue, Oil on Canvas, 51cm x 51cm

New at the Alexander Gallery

Some recent paintings of cakes and desserts have been forwarded to the Alexander Gallery in Bath.

Scone VI, Oil on Canvas, 61cm x 71cm. Andrew Holmes

Scone VI, Oil on Canvas, 61cm x 71cm. Andrew Holmes

In these studies, although the overall image appears to have a high finish, Andrew has focused in areas of the painting by limiting the detail where he considers it to be the most effective and more relevant.

Lemon Meringue, Oil on Canvas, 51cm x 51cm

Lemon Meringue, Oil on Canvas, 51cm x 51cm

Over the past few months, alongside producing this work, Andrew has been examining another discipline in painting. By exploring an alternative theme or in developing a new project, this can provide fresh ideas and broaden an overall understanding of the value of different mediums and techniques.

Andrew has found that this approach can have a constructive influence when returning to a familiar subject.

We hope to be posting updates about the newer work in the coming weeks.

 

For further information regarding these paintings, please see:

http://alexandergallerybath.co.uk/artists/39/Andrew_Holmes_-_%3Ci%3ECake_Paintings%3C/i%3E 

Or Andrew’s website:

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

 contact Andrew at: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2014, All rights reserved.

 

 

dog with stick in dark water,   
Oil on paper 57x76cm

‘dog with stick in dark water’

 Oil on paper 57x76cm

The Panter and Hall Gallery, located in Pall Mall, London, SW1, have just received an additional painting of a Dog swimming by Andrew Holmes . 

It’s now Mid December and dog in dark water will be probably be the last piece to be delivered to the Galleries this side of the New Year. Andrew’s looking forward to the break, to spending more time in development of the new ideas he has on the extensive ‘to do’ list.

Hopefully he’ll find time to relax a little with his sketchbook exploring these further.

  Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!

 For more information regarding this work, please see:

http://www.panterandhall.com/artist/andrew-holmes

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

 contact Andrew at: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2014, All rights reserved.

 

A bathing, oil on panel,

ROI – Annual Exhibition – 2014

A Bathing -oil on panel – 50x60cm

Two quite different subjects.

Two pieces Andrew submitted to the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Society (ROI) have been accepted for their annual exhibition, the subjects cover his still life work and a more recent study of a bather. Although these pieces differ in theme, the painted style is clearly in Andrew’s hand, demonstrating the simpler clean palette he favours.

A bathing – shown above, was originally a partner to the B bathing painting – below – which is currently exhibiting with the Panter and Hall Gallery, located in Pall Mall, just behind the Mall Galleries, where the ROI exhibition will be previewing on December 9th, 2014.

B bathing- oil on panel - 50 x 60 cms

B bathing- oil on panel – 50 x 60 cms

 

Andrew spent some time revisiting the larger still life piece – Cake or Death, shown below, and discussed in an earlier post.

Cake or Death , oil on canvas, 40" x 32"

Cake or Death , oil on canvas, 40″ x 32″ SOLD

The Mall Galleries has been run by the Federation of British Artists, (FBA), for many years and consists of eight British art societies.

The ROI is one of the older of these societies, founded in 1882 and granted its Royal status by King Edward VII in 1909. They host a variety of workshops and one exhibition in December each year, a mixed event celebrating several members archive pieces and more recent work, alongside selected non member submissions. 

We love making the trip to the Mall and now Christmas wouldn’t be the same without visiting the annual show which will be open from the 10th Dec and running to 21st Dec 2014.

The website catalogue for the 2014 ROI selected work is available at:

http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/royal-institute-oil-painters#block-views-exhibition-content-block-2

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

 contact Andrew at: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2014, All rights reserved. 

dog carrying stick, oil on panel, 40 x 40cm

Studies of Water – Painted in Oils

The more recent series of Andrew Holmes’s studies of “water with dog swimming” are nearing completion.

These paintings make up part of a larger body of work which Andrew has been focusing on over the past few months, covering the subject of ‘water and swimmers’ in a variety of spaces and locations.

dog_turning_with_stick_60x80

dog turning with stick, oil on panel, 60 x 80cm

When Andrew approaches each painting, a different challenge is presented. In particular, this is true when abstracting the darker water in the image (above), dog turning, where he seeks to summarise the amount of painted information that is needed.

dog_swimming_with_stick_60x80

dog swimming with stick, oil on panel, 60 x 80cm

In choosing a wider composition for the painting, dog swimming with stick, (seen above), the foreground greenery was introduced, which offered additional detail and hues; this has provided Andrew a valuable opportunity to further develop the more simplified style that he’s currently exploring.

In his work, Andrew hopes to employ a depth and simple expression to describe a sense of place, and undertaking these paintings demanded that he question and examine the relevance of the extra contextual element, for example, how much of this would he acknowledge, whilst maintaining the quiet, reflective nature of the overall piece.

dog retrieving stick - Oil on Panel - 50 x 60cm

dog retrieving stick – Oil on Panel – 50 x 60cm

These four paintings were received by the Panter and Hall Gallery in Central London yesterday, and are to be included in their 2014 Mixed Christmas Exhibition.

 

 For more information regarding this work, please see:

http://www.panterandhall.com/artist/andrew-holmes/Available-or-Enquire#works

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

 contact Andrew at: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2014, All rights reserved.

 
baked beans on toast, Oil on Canvas, 16" x 16". (SOLD)

Still life at Frivoli

Over the following months the Frivoli Gallery is showing a selection of Andrew Holmes’s still life paintings of which the subject matter is food. cherryVelvet_81x81-1

So far, we gather that the large painting of Chips became quite a conversation piece during it’s short time in the window.  The Frivoli Gallery owner, Hazel, is inspired by her early love of sculpture and ceramics and as such, she has a keen understanding of shape and form garnered from many years designing and dressing film sets. Hazel used beautiful handmade ceramic lamps to light the Chips from below and the entire window glowed.

ROI 2009

Some Chips, Oil on Canvas. (SOLD)

 

Andrew only painted four large studies of Chips, this is the last piece in the subject and having met the collector, we are delighted that this painting has found a lovely home. 

The choice of subject Andrew selects to paint is varied. He focuses on particular features within an image and is interested to explore the way the tones and light in those specific elements can be expressed. The “eating” studies are observations of everyday food, in which he sees and hopes to evoke a potentially previously unconsidered, albeit familiar memory. 

The dialogue between art and food, much like art and literature or music for example, arguably exists. On the simplest level, we refer to the “palette” in an aesthetic appreciation of presentation and every piece of art is, naturally, subjective to individual “taste”.

Although controversial, it can be an argued that if a piece of art is an arresting image, in part, the artist has at least engaged the viewer and prompted discussion. These paintings are not designed or intended to achieve such a heightened narrative however, Andrew nevertheless enjoys hearing about the conversation and thoughts the paintings initiate and hopes that in the process, they raise an occasional smile.

beans on toast - oil on canvas - 40cm sq

beans on toast – oil on canvas – 40cm sq

Selected gallery details are available on the page marked Links.

For more information regarding any of Andrew Holmes work which Hazel currently holds, please follow the link to the Frivoli Gallery : http://www.frivoligallery.com/andrew_holmes.php

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

 contact Andrew at: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2014, All rights reserved.