Colour pencil on paper
530mm x 790mm
Courtesy of the artist
British artist Andrew Holmes has been visiting th US for over 30 years, observing its architecture, the landscape and its people. He perceives a society where life is tough – especially at the bottom; he sees people aspiring to the American Dream, but argues it is a delusion; and observes a people who are so controlled that they must express their personalities through membership of clubs - take the Harley-Davidson ‘cult’ that dictates members’ clothing, transport and behaviour. His observations are reflected in the socio-political nature of his work.
Signifying Los Angeles’ former desert state, Holmes draws ‘Mulholland’ from the level of the oasis. Naming it after the engineer responsible for bringing water to L.A., Holmes describes this feat as Mulholland’s: “malpractice or energy, depending how you look at it”.
His incredibly detailed artworks are hand-drawn, taking hundreds of hours. Meeting other realist artists, Holmes discovered they rose at the same time, ate the same breakfast, started work at the same time and listened to the same radio station: “All monks really!”
Andrew Holmes’ work will be on display at HOP Projects Space, Folkestone, 2nd September - 30th September 2017 and at The Glass Tank Gallery, Oxford, 2nd October – 27th October 2017
For more information: andrewholmes.me.uk
Hedge issue 47, pp44-50, September 2017