The Pose: Recent Life Sketches

Over the past few months, Andrew Holmes has been further developing his figure drawings.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

To visit Andrew B Holmes website, please see : 

http://www.andrewholmes.co.uk

Contact: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© Andrew B Holmes 2017. All Rights Reserved.

In Water

A selection of more recent paintings in Andrew Holmes series of people in water will be showing over the next few days with Panter and Hall at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea.

Rock Pool Boys - oil on panel - 50cm x 40 cm
Rock Pool Boys – oil on panel – 50cm x 40 cm SOLD

In these paintings Andrew continues to examine how light and contrast play such a significant role in how we perceive an image – where the abstract element has relevance in these works.

Introspect - oil on paper - 76cm x 56cm
Introspect – oil on paper – 76cm x 56cm
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Musing – oil on paper – 76cm x 56cm

By limiting the palette and focusing only on areas Andrew finds of particular importance, what appears as a detailed painting is actually far simpler. Abstract mark making often requires more consideration as many artists will attest and these decisions can determine the fate of a piece of work.

The “happy accidents” occasionally quoted usually occur when applying paint but a momentary image can offer a great opportunity to further explore our perception.

Pool Pole Boy - oil on board - 60cm x 50 cm
Pool Pole Boy – oil on board – 60cm x 50 cm

In Pool Pole Boy , this provided Andrew a perspective which encourages enquiry: where is the subject placed and why is the reflection so vague?

Rock pool boy - oil on panel - 40 cm x 50 cm
Rock pool boy – oil on panel – 40 cm x 50 cm
Vespertine - oil on linen - 46cm x 33cm
Vespertine – oil on linen – 46cm x 33cm

For Andrew, these paintings are predominately an exploration in the role of contrasts.

We recently visited the Royal Academy’s latest main exhibition – Abstract Expressionism – and the show is a wonderful example of how we emotionally engage with works, no matter how we personally respond, this highlights how very effective abstract pieces can be.  We highly recommend  a trip to see this.

the end of summer - oil on panel - 40cm x 40cm
the end of summer – oil on panel – 40cm x 40cm

Moments observed and then reflected in a painting present challenges for any artist to then describe that sense of time and place but more importantly to portray the personal state.

The Affordable Art Fair opens on Wednesday 19th October with a charity preview and will be open to the public from the 20th until the 24th October.

For more information regarding the pieces showing with Panter and Hall please visit: http://www.panterandhall.com/exhibition/affordable-art-fair-battersea-october-2016/P27#works

To visit Andrew B Holmes website, please see : 

http://www.andrewholmes.co.uk

Contact: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© Andrew B Holmes 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Andrew B Holmes recent work.

Over the last few months, new studies have been in development adding to and expanding on Andrew’s already varied portfolio.

The painted works focus in particular on the figurative subjects which will be discussed in more detail in future posts, together with Andrew’s thoughts regarding his more illustrative pieces.

Andrew B Holmes - untitled AP 12 - oil on paper - 41 x 31cm
Andrew B Holmes untitled – oil on paper – 41 x 31cm
Andrew B Holmes - untitled AP11 - oil on paper - 41 x 31cm
Andrew B Holmes – untitled AP11 – oil on paper – 41 x 31cm

Some sample pieces in this body of works are now included in his updated  website.

To visit Andrew B Holmes website, please see : 

http://www.andrewholmes.co.uk

© Andrew B Holmes 2016. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

New figurative studies

 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.

untitled figure 7 - oil on canvas - 51cm x 41cm
untitled figure 7 – oil on canvas – 51cm x 41cm
untitled figure 06 - oil on canvas - 51cm x 41cm
untitled figure 06 – oil on canvas – 51cm x 41cm
untitled figure 05 Oil on paper 76cm x57cm
untitled figure 05 Oil on paper 76cm x57cm

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.

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Generic girl in black -oil on panel -76cm x 57cm
Generic girl in white - oil on panel - 80cm x 60cm
Generic girl in white – oil on panel – 80cm x 60cm

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.

Girl in blue - oil on paper -76cm x 58cm
Girl in blue – oil on paper -76cm x 58cm

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. 

untitled figure 9- oil on canvas - 51cm x 41cm
untitled figure 9- oil on canvas – 51cm x 41cm

For Andrew Holmes website, please see : 

http://www.andrewholmes.co.uk

 To contact Andrew, please email info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2016, All rights reserved.

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

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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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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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