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Keith Holmes

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I want the portrait to be a narrative and as much about the sitter, their life and achievements as is possible in one image. To this end, much in the same way of the Northern Renaissance artists, I like to include their environment, home, work or leisure, favoured objects or people. I have no problems working from photographs but I do prefer meeting and having a discussion with the person involved. I like to keep the nature of the medium as neutral as possible, it is a portrait of the sitter and not about my abilities in flashy use of media.
 
Education   1969-1973 West Surrey College of Art and Design (BA Fine Art)  
1973-1975 Camberwell School of Art & Crafts (Dip. Paper Conservation)
 
Awards   Fellow of the International Institute of Conversation  
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts  
1994-1996 Science Museum, Artist in Residence  
1999 Made official artist to the Mines Advisory Group  
2002 Work purchased by the Tank Museum at Bovington
 
Selected Commissions   1996 Work commissioned by the Officers Mess to commemorate the closure of the Royal Marine barracks, Deal, Kent  
1997 Science Museum, commissioned to produce a painting to represent the work of the museum  
Royal Marine Museum, works purchased for the new Musicians Gallery  
1998 Invited by Mines Advisory Group to go to South East Asia to create work covering the issue of landmines
 
Group Exhibitions   1978 Private Presses, Victoria & Albert Museum  
1982 Maker’s Eye, Crafts Council  
1991 Hunting Observer Art Competition  
Mall Galleries, Royal Society of Marine Artists  
1994 Hunting Art Competition  
Science Museum, Painters, Surgeons, Patients. Exhibition with Sir Roy Calne.  
Science Museum, the new Health Matters Gallery, permanent exhibit  
Rexel Derwent Open Drawing Exhibition  
Mall Galleries, Pastel Society  
Mall Galleries, Royal Society of British Artists  
Mall Galleries, Royal Society of Marine Artists  
Mall Galleries, New English Art Club  
Science Museum, Centuryscape  
Mall Galleries, Royal Institute of Oil Painters  
1995 Hunting Art Competition  
Hartlepool Renaissance Open Art Exhibition  
Mall Galleries, Pastel Society  
Mall Galleries, Marine Artists  
Lambeth Palace, Marine Art  
Mall Galleries, Discerning Eye, a prize winner  
1996 Science Museum, “See Me!”, an exhibition for visitors with special needs  
Mall Galleries, Pastel Society  
Guild of Aviation Artists  
Cheltenham, Cheltenham Open Drawing  
Mall Galleries, Royal Society of Marine Artists  
Chatham, “Britannia & White Horses”  
1997 Science Museum, Artist in Residency works  
Whiteleys, invited to exhibit  
Guild of Aviation Artists  
Mall Galleries, Royal Society of Marine Artists  
Chichester Open Art Exhibition  
145th Royal West of England Academy  
Mall Galleries, Royal Institute of Oil Painters  
1998 Mall Galleries, Pastel Society  
Guild of Aviation Artists, Commendation awarded  
Mall Galleries, Royal Institute of Oil Painters  
1999 Mall Galleries, Pastel Society  
Mall Galleries, Laing Art Competition  
Guild of Aviation Artists, Commendation awarded  
Mall Galleries, Royal Society of Marine Artists  
147th Royal West of England Academy  
2000 Guild of Aviation Artists, Commendation awarded  
2001 Science Museum, “Seeing Red”, through to October 2002
 
Solo Exhibitions   1980 Basilisk Press  
1985 The Greenwich Theatre Art Gallery  
1986 The Greenwich Theatre Art Gallery  
1988 Line Art Gallery  
1989 Woodlands Art Gallery  
1995 Royal Society of Art, drawings and pastels produced during the tenure of Artist In Residence at the Science Museum  
1996 Royal Society of Pathologists, “Sea Soldiers” a year with the Royal Marines  
1997 Royal Albert Hall, “The Work of the Royal Marines”  
Army Flying Museum, “Flying Soldiers”  
Imperial College, Medical Schools, long-term display  
Imperial College, Department of Material Sciences, long-term display  
Imperial College, Mathematics Department, long-term display  
1998 The Royal College of Pathologists, recent paintings and drawings  
Mall Galleries, “Ocean Warriors.” Culmination of three years work with the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy  
2002 Tank Museum, “Fragmented.” Impressions of Cambodia, Laos & Kossovo
 
 

Statement      Initially I make a large charcoal drawing of the sitter during which we can talk about their history, listen to their favourite music and generally relax into the situation. This is the time I tend to learn the most about the essential personality of the sitter. We discuss what they would like to see in the painting and how I would like to represent them. It is at this time that I would take a number of photographs of the sitter and their environs. The drawings and photographs remain my property and are not part of the commissioned painting. Variable, two to four sittings of three to four hours. Fewer sittings would be required for the main painting, one to three sessions of about two hours each, and a final sitting of the same duration. Where possible I like to borrow favoured items to make studies of them, if not then I photograph them. It is best that the initial drawings are done in my studio, charcoal is too dirty for anywhere else. This would be followed by a visit to the sitters favoured backdrop. Oils are always on top quality marine ply board, to prevent splitting traditionally prepared with layers of gesso.  
 
I can arrange framing and it would be better that I deal with the framing of the charcoal drawings and pastel paintings because of the difficulties that they present. My framer is good and reliable and I am a trained art conservator so everything would be done to the highest standard.

 

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Travel internationally    No
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Portrait Format:
  Drawings   From £ 2100    $3150
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 3300    $4950
Full LengthFrom £ 7600 $11400
 
 
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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