Ashleigh Holmes is a fourth-generation artist based in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. She has been painting for as long as her hands could hold a brush. Holmes has developed her painting practice from a vocational pursuit into a full-fledged professional career. An abstract, expressionistic painter, Holmes’ work is redolent of north America’s mid-century colour field painters. In contrast to the severe and obsessive formalism that defined that period, however, Holmes’ compositions are gentle, dreamy and inviting. Light-hearted yet graceful, Holmes’ paintings express a visual poetics of the feminine – composed with characteristically soft palettes of predominantly neutral tones. A recent finalist in the Mosman Art Prize (2019) Holmes has featured in several solo exhibitions including BATEAU at Smithmade Balgowlah (2018) and among them three sell-out shows: CLOUDS (2019)at Studio Four (2019), IMMERSE(2020) at Sydney Road Gallery and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (2020)at Studio Four. In late 2019, Holmes exhibited in Malaga, Spain – birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
About this collection:
"This series is inspired by the season changing into Autumn in Australia. The light at Dusk and Dawn hands us this beautiful blush pink and apricot tones, these colors are positively influential on our sensory nervous system. The theme’s throughout my collection are connected to the ocean wharfs, sea pillars, romance, seasons and the colours in nature."
‘The light constantly changes, and that alters the atmosphere and beauty of things every minute’ - Claude Monet