Artwork for Nick Holmes
Ships That Pass In The Night
Critical Interventions (Evil)
S.O.S. (Disaster Series)
You'll find references in my work to my teaching career, the films I enjoy, the music I listen to and all the artists whose work I've admired in getting to this point. You'll find the things I agree with and the things I dislike. I often include text in my paintings. Sometimes it's there to illuminate an intention, sometimes to confuse and question what a contemporary painting can be - I try to be serious and playful at the same time.
I'm attempting to put my world onto canvas, to paint a portrait of the times I live in, while paying attention to those who have trodden this path before me.
I am a painter who likes to work on a generous scale, but with an eye to a domestic setting. My work is generally figurative, although I frequently work across genres. I have developed a parallel series of constructions which consist of separate panels which can be arranged in any order. I work in acrylic paint for its quick-drying properties.
I work full-time in my studio at home. I undertake occasional commissions and demonstrations.
NDD in Fine Art, Winchester (1961-65); PGCE, Goldsmiths University (1966-67); MA Film Studies Sheffield Hallam University (1984-5);
MA in Fine Art Manchester University (1993-4); MA in Fine Art Sunderland University (2002-3); Turps Banana correspondence course in painting (2020-22).
I have taught Art in the Secondary and latterly the Tertiary sector. I have exhibited in Edinburgh, Newcastle, London, Ludlow, Bromyard and Hereford.
2022: Herefordshire Open Exhibition, Courtyard
RWA Members' Open Exhibition, Bristol
2021: Fresh Art, Cheltenham
2020: Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Gallery, London