Mall Galleries – new online gallery

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.

boy bathing IV – Oil – 40cm x40cm
Sunday – Oil – 50cm x 50 cm

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.

dog carrying stick – oil on board – 40cm x 40cm

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Royal Institute of OiI Painters – 2016 Exhibition

AB Holmes – searcher, Oil on Panel, 40cm x 50cm

Opening next week at the Mall Galleries in Central London, the Royal Institute of OiI Painters (ROI) will be showing this year’s selection of members’ paintings  together with just over one hundred pieces chosen from the open submission to be included in the exhibition. The selections were made earlier in the autumn.

Andrew Holmes’s painting of a bather – searcher – will be showing in this year’s selection and we were delighted to receive this notification. The Mall Galleries offers a wonderful exhibition space, benefitting from recently refurbishment including a raised ceiling and lighting system which provides visitors an excellent opportunity to view the artworks at their best. To add to the experience, the gallery is located in a most beautiful area of London.

It’s always lovely to have an excuse to drop by and especially to enjoy the stunning christmas lights London has on display at this time of the year. However, we’re particularly looking forward to visiting the Preview on the evening of the 29th, as we will be joined by good friends, artists Aldo Balding and Sarah Spence, who also have paintings selected to be in the exhibition.

To view Aldo’s painting please see:

Sarah has two paintings in this exhibition, please see:

The ROI is a long established Art Institution with many well-known artists listed in their membership and this exhibition allows the members to further engage with and encourage new artists. They say:

“The Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition has a well earned reputation for attracting highly exciting young exhibitors, alongside the much admired, more established member artists. This year the trend will continue, with new artists and new discoveries waiting to be made.

The exhibition is open from November 30th to the 11th of December gives visitors the opportunity to see the many and varied ways in which artists use oil paint today, from a traditional approach to this highly technical media through to more innovative uses of material, style and content.”

For more information regarding all the artwork showing over the following 10 days please see:

AB Holmes-searcher, Oil on Panel, 40cm x 50cm
AB Holmes-searcher, Oil on Panel, 40cm x 50cm – SOLD

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© Andrew B 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

Continue reading Works on Paper – bathers

“Morning” bather called in for the RA Summer selection

“Morning” has been called in to the Royal Academy for the second stage of the selection process for the forthcoming annual Summer Exhibition.

Andrew is drawn to the subjects of water and bathers, in particular because the light, layers and content can offer him the opportunity to represent these in a natural, understated manner.


Continue reading “Morning” bather called in for the RA Summer selection

Figures in water

More recent Andrew Holmes paintings of bathers will be exhibiting with the Panter and Hall Gallery next week at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, London.

Generations – oil on panel – 50 x 50 cms

‘Generations’ is one piece in a collection Andrew has been developing since ‘boy bathing’. Working on a group of themed studies of figures in water, Andrew is using a limited palette, focusing on simple compositions while exploring the application of the medium onto wood panel or paper.

B bathing oil on panel 50 x 60 cms
B bathing  – oil on panel – 50 x 60 cms Sold

The images are derived from a variety of subjects observed in different locations, by interpreting the way the light interacts with water and a figure in a particular setting, the hope is for each painting to achieve a sense of it’s own place and time while still contributing to the group as a whole.

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Final Shortlist

boy bathing 40cm x 40cm
boy bathing 40cm x 40cm

Andrew’s painting – boy bathing – has now reached the final stage of the 2014 Summer Exhibition selection process at the Royal Academy of Art.

All the works will be taken into the galleries where the Curators have a huge task ahead of them in arranging the final hang. During this process, they have to balance the pieces into a coherent display and, sadly, some of the works won’t make it onto the wall or into the exhibition space.

We now have to wait for the final notification which will be sent out to the contributors on May 22nd, 2014.

Update: Notification arrived 23rd stating, “Shortlisted- Not Hung”.

This has been an encouraging first attempt and hopefully he’ll have better luck next time.

In the meantime, a selection of Andrew Holmes still life works will be exhibiting over the June-July period with a well known Gallery just behind the Academy, in Cork Street.

Images and details to follow in our next post.

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Royal Academy – Summer Exhibition 2014

boy bathing – shortlisted

This year artists were invited to a submit their work for the 2014 Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art by supplying digital images online.

The Academy limited the submissions to 12,000 and the judges then selected 4,000 to be delivered for further assessment. Artists who have been fortunate enough to be shortlisted at this stage are asked to deliver their work to the Academy for further appraisal by the judges and will be notified on 2nd May 2014 regarding the final selection.

boy bathing crop
boy bathing crop

Over several months, Andrew has been developing a series of sketches and paintings and he  submitted boy bathing – an oil on board – of a boy playing in the surf in the Caribbean,  which we dropped into the Academy yesterday for the next stage of judging.

Less than 1000 works will finally make it into this years show which will be the Academy’s 246th, due to open on 9th June.

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