Born in 1947 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Andrew Holmes moved to London in 1966, and attended the Architectural Association.
He is best known for a series of 100 realistic pencil drawings exploring the apparently anonymous mobile infrastructure of cities. In addition however his work encompasses printmaking, photography, film, and design. The work offers not the unique quality of handicraft, but the elements of three traditions: that art is evidence, and of an ability to select significant objects, things from experience; that art is the residue of engaging the existing systems with particular mechanical techniques and processes; and that art provides the possibility of fabricating new versions of reality.
These procedures he organises as Messages, Arrangements, and Nonuments under the principles of Informalism.
The work in all its forms has been exhibited and published widely for forty years. Holmes is Professor of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, was formerly Guest Professor at the Technische Universitaat, Berlin, and a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute. He lives and works in London.
Press, publicity and reviews
Scallan, Melissa (2017), Vehicle for Art, Hedge
Bottoms, Ed (2016), Entertainment Value, AArchitecture 29, Architectural Association, London
11 May 2016, Why Painting Maintains a Significant Role in a World of InstantImages, www.plusonegallery.com/blog/48
13 January 2016, How Does the Use of Photoshop Affect Hyperrealistic Art? www.plusonegallery.com/blog/33
11 November 2015, The Difference Between Photorealism and Hyperrealism, www.plusonegallery.com/blog/32
Marjanovic, Igor, and Howard, Jan (2015), Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky, and the Architectural Association, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, RISD Museum.
Pagel, David, (15.07.2014), Keen Observations Flow Through Andrew Holmes’ Drawings, Video, Los Angeles Times
Andrew Holmes’ Golden Hour at the Ace Museum, Farmlife, LA, Blog
Lavin, S. with Meyer, K., (2013), Everything Loose Will Land: 1970s Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, MAK Center and Verlag fur Moderne Kunst.
2017 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
Hand-drawn Future: Digital Age,
Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association,
The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin.
2016 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London.
Gothic, The Barn, Kendrew Quadrangle, St John’s College, Oxford
2015 Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association.
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence. Rhode Island. SA
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis. Missouri. USA.
The Magic of Trees, Contains Art, East Quay, Watchett, Somerset.
Shibboleth, The Barn, Kendrew Quadrangle, St John’s College, St Giles, Oxford.
2014 70 80 Print, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Northampton
2013 Pacific Standard Time: Modern Architecture in LA: Everything Loose Will Land.
MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, USA
Pacific Standard Time: Modern Architecture in LA: Everything Loose Will Land,
Paul Rudolph Exhibition Hall, Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, USA
2012 Hyperrealism Now, Plus One Gallery, London.
2011 AA Atlas, The Sixties: If You Were There…, Architectural Association, London.