Waffle and doughnuts,..

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.

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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.

Waffle - OIl on Canvas - 32" x 40"
Waffle – OIl on Canvas – 32″ x 40″

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.

a rose is a rose is a doughnut -122cm x 152 cm - Oil on canvas
a rose is a rose is a doughnut -122cm x 152 cm – Oil on canvas SOLD

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.

For further information regarding Andrew Holmes or other artworks showing with The Fairfax Gallery, please contact: 

andrew@fairfaxgallery.com

telephone +44 (0)1892 525 525

To visit Andrew B Holmes website, please see: 

www.andrewholmes.co.uk

Contact: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© Andrew B Holmes 2016. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Aubergine Gallery – Wimbledon

A selection of Andrew Holmes still life paintings of cakes are currently showing with The Aubergine Gallery in Wimbledon.

Cherry Ice - oil on paper - 23cm x 29cm
Cherry Ice – oil on paper – 23cm x 29cm
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Doughnut II – oil on paper – 30cm x 40cm

Andrew’s cake and food paintings have always been a subject for which he is well known.

Whilst he continues to explore the figurative pieces, he regularly revisits the vocabulary of still life. This provides Andrew some objectivity; a different viewpoint which, in turn, then helps him to examine his interpretation of detail and how his style has been influenced as he progresses.

pin-up in soft focus - oil on canvas - 50cm x 50cm
pin-up in soft focus – oil on canvas – 50cm x 50cm

The works now showing with Aubergine are a selection of the more traditional approach together with his newer, more abstract pieces.

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Oil Sketch on Paper 02

The Aubergine Gallery lists a number of interesting artists’ work, covering  paintings in oils, acrylics and watercolours, alongside works in glass.

For further information regarding any of the work exhibiting with

The Aubergine Gallery please visit: http://www.aubergineart.co.uk

To visit Andrew B Holmes website, please see : 

www.andrewholmes.co.uk

Contact: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© Andrew B Holmes 2016. All Rights Reserved.

What’s in a name

I am a doughnut –

Food and cake paintings provide a rich source of inspiration and this subject is where Andrew Holmes is perhaps better known.

Whilst Andrew plans a series of paintings under an initial group title, it is  during the process where he then determines how this will be reflected and when individual titles are attributed.

a rose is a rose is a doughnut -122 x 152 cm - Oil on canvas
a rose is a rose is a doughnut -122 x 152 cm – Oil on canvas

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AAF Hong Kong with Panter and Hall

The Affordable Art Fair will be setting up for the 2014 Spring show in Hong Kong over the next couple of weeks.  Andrew’s work will be exhibiting here, represented by The Panter and Hall Gallery, Pall Mall, London, UK.

Venus and Adonis - 32" x 40" SOLD
Venus and Adonis – 32″ x 40″ SOLD

His large scale still life paintings will be showing alongside landscapes by Chris Bushe RSW and Luke Martineau, abstracts by Emma Williams and not forgetting Mark Demsteaders’ popular figurative works.

The Show will be running from 21st to the 23rd March 2014.

To visit Andrew B Holmes website, please see: 

www.andrewholmes.co.uk

Contact: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2014.  All Rights Reserved.

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Art Basel – Miami

Some of Andrew Holmes – ‘Eating Pieces’

The first week in December saw the start of Art Basel, the largest annual Art event in Miami.

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‘Songs of Innocence’  – AB Holmes – Oil on Canvas, 122cm x 152cm

 In late 2012, the Unix Gallery, based in the lively Wynwood Arts District, approached Andrew and asked if they could commission a group of larger paintings of pastries.  Over several months he produced a selection of Andrew Holmes –‘Eating Pieces’ and a consignment was flown out to Unix for a solo show in May 2013.

These will remain with the gallery until June 2014, when they return to the UK.

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We visited the Gallery and met the Unix Gallery’s Miami based Curator, last summer.

The Urban area where the Gallery is positioned exhibits a huge range of artworks and Andrew’s paintings hung at Unix alongside the works of Marcello Lo Giudice, Ingrid Dee Magidson, Alexi Torres and Desire Obtain Cherish, (DOC).

 
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‘the promise of things to come’ –122 x 152cm and a smaller painting ‘tart’ – 41 x 51cm

We were told that Miami fills up with very interesting  people during Art Basel and the Wynwood Arts District attracts visitors from a diverse community of artists and collectors.

 

Unix relocated their main Gallery space to Chelsea, New York in late 2013.

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‘it didn’t have to be like this’ – AB Holmes –  Oil on Canvas, 122cm x 152cm

In early 2014, The Unix Gallery profiled Andrew Holmes work on their Artsy pages, alongside the 3 dimensional pieces by Peter Anton and DOC, in an editorial post named ‘Art to satisfy your Sweet Tooth’ where they discuss the Unix Gallery’s interest in contemporary views of food and art.

This is an exert from this Unix Artsy post together with a link below to their full editorial listings:

“Inspired by human nature and the sensory experience of consuming sweets, Andrew Holmes paints images of doughnuts, cakes, and strawberry-topped pastries with skilled hyperrealism. Through dexterous brushstrokes and an adept handling of paint, he transforms decadent food items into objects of desire, intrigue, and nostalgia. In a work where he depicts a stack of doughnuts oozing jelly, the implied associations with gluttony and decadence are forgotten due to his inspired treatment of color, light, and negative space.”

Editorial by Alex Cesaria.

http://www.artsy.net/unix-gallery/posts

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Cake or Death‘ * – Oil on Canvas 81cm x 102cm  
* The title, ‘Cake or Death’ was inspired from a sketch by the comedian and actor Eddie Izzard, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZVjKlBCvhg
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To visit Andrew B Holmes website, please see: 

www.andrewholmes.co.uk

Contact: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

 

© AB Holmes 2014.  All Rights Reserved.

 

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Welcome to Andrew Holmes’s new blog

This is the official blog for the British artist, Andrew Holmes, most well known for his delicious paintings of cakes and pastries.

we two donuts together AB Holmes Oil on Canvas - 48"x 60"
we two donuts together AB Holmes Oil on Canvas – 48″x 60″
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Oil Sketch on Paper 02
cake or cake - 61cm x 76cm - Oil on canvas
cake or cake – 61cm x 76cm – Oil on canvas
songs of innocence - 150cm x 120cm - Oil on Canvas
songs of innocence – 150cm x 120cm – Oil on Canvas
Pin -up - 1000cm x 800cm - Oil on Canvas
Pin -up – 1000cm x 800cm – Oil on Canvas

Here, you will be able to keep up to date with the latest information on Andrew’s works and exhibitions.

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boy bathing 40cm x 40cm - Shortlisted Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition 2014
boy bathing 40cm x 40cm
– Shortlisted Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition 2014
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boy bathing crop

 

To visit Andrew B Holmes website, please see: 

www.andrewholmes.co.uk

Contact: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2014, All rights reserved. 

 

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