The work of Andrew Holmes can best be described as Modern British Realism. His breathtaking Venetian scenes and distinctive still lives invite us to take a second look at some of the familiar elements of modern life and explore them from a new perspective. Hispersonal view of Venice is one where architectural detail takes centre stage, and his still lives spurn the conventional glassware and bowls of fruit in favour of items found on the 21st century kitchen table.
Born in Kent in 1959, Andrew obtained a degree from the faculty of Art and Design in Cornwall. He went on to build a highly successful career in design and illustration, and his work was in demand all over the world. While professionally he was using his creativity to achieve a formidable reputation, Andrew was always interested in the idea of exploring his potential as a fine artist, and when he saw the response to his work he decided to explore this side of his talent more fully.
Andrew has been profoundly influenced by the Barbizon School, a group of painters in 19th century France who in their turn came under the influence of John Constable. In the face of Constable’s realistic scenes, these artists abandoned formalism and moved towards painting directly from nature, rather than using reality as a mere backdrop to more dramatic scenes.
Andrew now lives in West London. He has undertaken an impressive array of high profile commissions for corporations and private individuals all over the world. His work has appeared on television and in a broad range of media. Following on from his considerable international success his high-impact original paintings have been launched onto the UK art scene to great acclaim.