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.
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.
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.
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.
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