21st National Open Art Exhibition – 2017

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.

Portrait of a Lemon Meringue – 60cm x 60cm – Framed

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.

Bargehouse -Oxo Tower

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.

To view more of the works in the exhibition, please see: http://www.nationalopenart.org/gallery.php?2017-Exhibition-15

Andrew Holmes – Portrait of a Lemon Meringuehttp://www.nationalopenart.org/gallery2.php?as=1&Portrait-of-Lemon-Meringue-22969

 

To visit Andrew B Holmes website, please see: 

www.andrewholmes.co.uk

Contact: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© Andrew B Holmes 2017. All Rights Reserved.

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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

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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‘The Cakes are Back’ – at the Alexander Gallery in Bath

Together with some of this year’s figure studies.

Andrew Holmes cake paintings have been well-received in Bath, a beautiful, historic city with an abundance of tea shops and varied eateries. He painted Aphrodite and Adonis and I am a donut earlier in the year and they are making their debut in a location which feels very appropriate.

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Aphrodite and Adonis – oil on panel – 28ins x 40ins

The owner of the Alexander Gallery recently forwarded a photograph of a few of Andrew’s works which he’d placed in the window of the gallery, providing an eye-catching and welcoming winter display.

untitled figure 7 - oil on canvas - 51cm x 41cm
untitled figure 7 – oil on canvas – 51cm x 41cm
untitled figure 9- oil on canvas - 51cm x 41cm
untitled figure 9- oil on canvas – 51cm x 41cm

A selection of the girls in white dress series is exhibiting alongside the cakes over the winter season as well. We are thrilled to see how well the artworks complement each other in this elegant setting.

These studies exemplify Andrew’s interest in how a contemporary approach to traditional style combines with the context of how we perceive and appreciate aesthetics.

cake cake more cake - 70 x 100cm - oil on panel
cake cake more cake – 70 x 100cm – oil on panel

The gallery in Bath is in an excellent location, central for visitors to enjoy the wonderful architecture Bath offers and browse the shops, together with such a rich and abundant choice of good places to eat.

I am a doughnut -oil on panel - 61cm x 81cm
I am a doughnut -oil on panel – 61cm x 81cm SOLD

For more information regarding Andrew Holmes paintings showing with The Alexander Gallery, please visit:

http://alexandergallerybath.co.uk/artists/62/the_cakes_are_back!

http://alexandergallerybath.co.uk/artists/28/Andrew_Holmes

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.

 

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.

Oil Sketch on Paper 02
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.

Thompson’s Gallery – Still, Not Static

For the next couple of weeks Andrew Holmes is showing a small group of cake paintings in Marylebone, Central London.

Devon - 51 x 61cm - oil on canvas
Devon – 51 x 61cm – oil on canvas SOLD

‘Still, Not Static’ includes sculptures by  Andrew Lacey, Johannes Von Stumm and Vanessa Pooley, paintings by Peter Kelly, Terence Clarke and Serena Rowe, to name a few. Tony de Wolf’s detailed work is a development of his studies in the techniques of the Flemish Masters and his paintings have hung beside Andrew’s work in other still life exhibitions.

Andrew is delighted to have been invited to take part in this show.

Thompson’s Gallery was established in 1982 in Aldeburgh, Suffolk by John and Sue Thompson. In 1991 they expanded with an additional gallery in the West End situated on New Cavendish Street between Marylebone High Street and the renowned medical destination of Harley Street.

The ‘Still, Not Static’ exhibition will continue until the end of January 2016

To visit Andrew B Holmes website, please see: 

www.andrewholmes.co.uk

Contact: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2016, All rights reserved.

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The Alexander Gallery

Some recent paintings of cakes and desserts have been forwarded to the Alexander Gallery in Bath.

Scone VI, Oil on Canvas, 61cm x 71cm. Andrew Holmes
Scone VI, Oil on Canvas, 61cm x 71cm. Andrew Holmes

In these studies, although the overall image appears to have a high finish, Andrew has focused in areas of the painting by limiting the detail where he considers it to be the most effective and more relevant.

Lemon Meringue, Oil on Canvas, 51cm x 51cm (SOLD)
Lemon Meringue, Oil on Canvas, 51cm x 51cm, (SOLD)

 

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