Three new figurative studies have been selected by Panter and Hall for this year’s Autumn Affordable Art Fair, (AAF). Held in Battersea Park, the show will open with a Charity Private View in the evening on Wednesday 18th Oct 2017.
The autumn is often a busy time for Andrew, with several interesting exhibitions coming up and he is delighted to have some of his newer figurative pieces showing with Panter and Hall at this fair.
The AAF officially opens to the public at Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park on Thursday 19th Oct, and runs until Sunday 22nd Oct 2017. Please see below for further details.
The main gallery for Panter and Hall is based in Central London.
Panter and Hall
11-12 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5LU,
Contact details – Tel:+44 (0) 20 7399 9999 or email:email@example.com
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The selection process for this year’s Discerning Eye Exhibition is now complete and Andrew is delighted that he will have three new paintings included in the show. Sponsored by ING, this is a show of small works in various mediums and is always very exciting.
All three pieces to be included in this year’s hanging represent more of Andrew’s figurative work; an area within which he is keen to further develop fresh ideas and techniques.
It is always a daunting prospect for an artist to offer up their paintings for judgement in the public sphere. However, as mentioned in previous posts, submitting work into a show can, in fact, be a useful tool for an artist to gauge reaction, and where this exhibition differs is that the broad variety of curators also put together their own individual selections further contributing to the show’s vibrancy and variation.
Andrew wanted these new works to be muted and uncomplicated. The more monochromatic approach of these images simplifies the decision-making process; where he can focus on the application of the paint, the marks and the tone and by using a limited palette, Andrew is able to concentrate more on the physical aspect of painting.
The Exhibition takes place in November at the Mall Galleries in Central London.
On their website, Discerning Eye says:
“The Discerning Eye annual exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. […]
The selectors choose both publicly submitted works and works by personally invited artists. Each selector’s section is hung separately to give each its own distinctive identity. The impression emerges of six small exhibitions within the whole. […]
The open submission provides an unusual opportunity for works by lesser-known artists to be hung alongside contributions from internationally recognised names. Each selector is solely responsible for their own selection, not by committee and are required to select at least 25% of their section from the open submission.”
This year’s selectors are:
Artists: Elmo Hood and Anne Magill, Collectors: Ellen Bertrams and Miranda Richardson and Critics: Nicola Coleby and Simon Tait.
The 2017 Discerning Eye Exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday 16 November until Sunday 26 November, between 10am and 5pm daily, at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1. Admission will be free and all the works will be for sale.
We now have to wait for the show to open in November to find out who has selected Andrew’s work for their wall in this year’s exhibition.
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Andrew is very pleased to hear that a still life he painted earlier this year – ‘Portrait of a Lemon Meringue’ – is to be included in the NOA, (National Open Art), 2017 Exhibition.
Professional and amateur artists aged 15 and over have submitted works in a variety of mediums and each entry has been judged anonymously, making the competition one of the most democratic in the UK and Ireland operating today.
Overall, this exhibition has a strong contemporary style. However, more conventional pieces sit well within the show. This diversity in the range of works selected provides an interesting view on where the process of combining traditional techniques with a more explorative approach can offer new ideas. Bridging these areas of study has always held Andrew’s interest, when developing his abstract, figurative and still life pieces.
The finalists works will now go on to be exhibited in the 21st National Open Art Exhibition at The Bargehouse Galleries, Oxo Tower Wharf on Southbank in London this Autumn.
The Oxo Tower Wharf is an award-winning, landmark building situated on the riverside walkway part of London’s fast moving South Bank and Bankside areas. This vast, untouched four-storey industrial building is a wonderful destination – home to over 30 innovative contemporary design studios, shops, cafés, bars and restaurants with breathtaking river views – and so well worth exploring.
A programme of events will be taking place during the exhibition with collaborations between NOA Vice President Gavin Turk and Deborah Turk’s House of Fairy Tales along with Be Smart About Art, Explore Learning and more to be announced.
The 21st National Open Art Exhibition opens at the Bargehouse Galleries, Oxo Tower Wharf Southbank London | 17 – 26 November 2017.
Over the past few months, Andrew Holmes has been further developing his figure drawings.
When possible, Andrew enjoys joining a life drawing group as this provides an opportunity to share the same space and ideas with other artists.
Based in West London, the sessions attract an eclectic and multinational group of people from a wide variety of professions and backgrounds. All have varied styles and skills and nobody is there to cast judgement.
Short five or ten minute poses start the evening off, allowing the artists to focus. Andrew says it is helpful initially to look for the basic shapes when time is limited. These are very useful short studies and frequently this time restriction can produce livelier work than the longer thirty-minute sessions.
In addition, models can adopt more challenging poses over a short period without drifting from their initial position; holding a physical shape over a half hour requires a sitter to have considerable stamina and the artists appreciate this.
Some models are students or budding actors who use the sessions to help build confidence, but others choose to sit for drawing purely because they share an interest in art.
Andrew’s practice is centred on an interest in painting and a curiosity in how contextualisation influences our perception and intellectual judgement of art.
These sketches form part of the preparatory work he hopes to discuss in more depth soon.
For many years The Mall Galleries have actively supported both established and emerging artists offering a wonderful space in Central London where various exhibitions take place.
More recently they have set up a new online gallery to showcase many of the regular contributors to their exhibitions and we were delighted to have been invited to have some of Andrew Holmes’ works included. He submitted a few paintings from his studies of bathers and dogs in water and below are a couple of examples their curator selected.
Home to the Federation of British Artists, (FBA), the Mall Galleries space is very well designed and in a fabulous location in the heart of Central London – situated on the Mall – next to Admiralty Arch and Trafalgar Square, opposite St James Park and with stunning views down the Mall to Buckingham Palace, across to Westminster and the London Eye.
The variety of exhibitions held at the Mall Galleries showcase traditional techniques along with more contemporary and dynamic works. They provide helpful advice and an informed service for collectors, together with valuable support for artists.
A new series of cherry paintings by Andrew Holmes together with tarte au fraise completed earlier in the year helped to set this years festive scene.
In the busy rush up to Christmas, the window at the Frivoli Gallery, located in the popular Devonshire Terrace area of Chiswick, West London – mentioned in earlier posts – was decorated with a seasonal theme of rich reds, golds and burgundy hues. We were very happy to supply a selection of Andrew’s still life paintings to help create this years theme.
The cherry subjects were drawn from a variety of compositions, and include studies on both canvas and paper – framed behind glass. As a small body of works, these paintings provide an opportunity to create partner pieces and to explore more individual studies within the collection as a whole.
Tarte au fraise set a vibrant coloured focal point which certainly drew the eye.
To see Andrew’s work displayed in a gallery window is always a huge complement and we understand that the paintings have been well received.
A couple of weeks before the festive break we delivered a selection of Andrew Holmes’s still life works to the Fairfax Gallery in Royal Tunbridge Wells, a spa town dating back to Roman times.
The gallery is located in the Pantiles – an elegant colonnaded walkway situated in the centre of the town and where the spa can be found. These flagstone and cobbled streets offer an abundance of coffee shops, designer outlets, a champagne bar and a wonderfully equipped kitchen shop. And so it felt very fitting for some of the larger studies of cakes and pastries to be exhibiting there.
This area was made popular in the 17th century when it became a fashionable destination as a drinking spa. The practice of taking the waters for health reasons grew in popularity amongst the nobility during the reign of Elizabeth I and continues to attract a great many visitors to this day.
Based in a beautiful period building the Fairfax Gallery exhibits a range of contemporary artworks and the interesting architecture adds to and complements the modern pieces. In particular, the exhibition space is well designed with a bright and open layout providing ample room to view all the artworks.
Andrew’s painting ‘a rose is a rose is a doughnut’ is both a large piece and an unusual subject and we are very happy to see this work making a debut with the gallery.
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