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

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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.

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Sunday, oil on panel, 50cm x 50cm

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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.

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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.

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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 )

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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.

bathers sketch VII, Charcoal and acrylic on layers of mylar, 31cm  x 41cm

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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Pear - oil on canvas board.

An old Pear

A quick oil sketch

Several years ago, after Andrew had worked through the night and following day to complete a commercial project, his daughter aged eight at the time, decided he needed some sustenance.

She dropped this rather tired pear in front of an exhausted parent just as he was chewing over the work/life balance.

He can’t remember why, but with a few old oil paints on one side, he decided to sketch this out.

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Pear – oil on canvas board.

It didn’t take long to paint, and despite the odd bruise, was then dutifully eaten.

The pear sketch is now dressed in among the bookshelves as a sweet memory.

For Andrew Holmes website, please see : 

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

For information regarding works currently exhibiting in Galleries, or to contact Andrew, please email info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2015, All rights reserved.

 
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Jack House Gallery

Owner and Art Curator, Rebecca Crow opened the Jack House Gallery this weekend in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK .

The new, Contemporary Art Gallery situated in the Old Town area, close to the Cathedral and just set back from the waterfront, launched their first show on Saturday 4th of April with works by the much travelled artist, Amartey Golding. 

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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.

 

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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.

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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

 

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