The Official Blog for British artist Andrew B Holmes.
Born in Kent, south east England, in 1959.
After gaining a Graphic Arts Degree with Distinction, in Cornwall, and becoming attracted to the medium of advertising and visual communication, Andrew began a career in London as an illustrator and art director developing visual ideas and solutions.
Building on an appreciation of art, much of the work produced during this time was inspired by the styles and compositional techniques of artistic genres and artists. The influence of popular culture, classical realism and abstraction is carried through into his work today.
During this time Andrew produced commissions and exhibition pieces but it was not until 2008 that he began to divide his time between projects as both a painter and an illustrator.
Andrew’s early work covered Venice to a study of a Victoria Sponge Cake.
Images of early Venice Paintings 2008/9
Early works a Piece of Cake and Strawberry tart II wereprinted as a limited editions in 2009
In 2009 Andrew also exhibited his representational work with Open Art.
Andrew first exhibited with the New English Art Club and with The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) annual shows in 2009.
Returning to the Mall Gallery each year up to December 2016.
Andrews work has been widely exhibited in galleries throughout the UK and now showing
in fairs worldwide and galleries in the USA.
As an emerging artist, Andrew is best known for his cake and food paintings.
Recently Andrew has been developing more of his figurative work alongside the earlier subjects.
In 2014, boybathing was long-listed for the RA Summer Show
In early 2015 – Ryan, was longlisted for the BP Portrait Award
Morning – long-listed for the RA Summer Exhibition 2015
In October 2015 Andrew was invited by Steve Pill – Editor for Artists and Illustrator Magazine – to show a painting in the Discerning Eye Exhibition at The Mall Galleries.
Andrew painted Em bathing for this show.
I am a doughnut – long-listed for the RA Summer Exhibition 2016
In the Autumn of 2016 Generic Girl in Black was selected for the
National Open Art Exhibition 2016
Two works were selected for the Discerning Eye Exhibition – 2016