Anthea Holmes

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Born in Putney, London as an artist I like to experiment with different materials and textures using gesso, collaged paper and scrim to build up the surface of the painting and then using thin layers of paint, wiped away the surface to let the light marks through. These textures and marks serve to disperse the forms and integrate them in to the surrounding space.

In other paintings I have used oil paint alone to knit the surface elements together. In all my works I´m trying to create a sense of harmony, unity, wholeness and luminosity. In the city scenes I have been trying to convey the oppressive quality of the urban environment and the sense of people´s isolation from one another, the vulnerability of people and their inner life. I also use a solitary figure as a vehicle for expressing my own feelings and emotions. In contrast to the pace of urban life, I convey a sense of peacefulness and stillness within myself.

Education & Qualifications: 1985 – 1987 M. A Fine Art, Painting (with distinction) – Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York1981 – 1984 B. A Fine Art, Painting: Kingston Polytechnic1980 – 1981 Foundation Course, Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts.

2019- Chelsea art fair London,2003 - 2006 Prints shown at The Wall gallery, Ely. 2005 Battersea Contemporary Arts Fair, London2001 Putney Library, London1995 – 2000 Prints Shown at The Oxford Gallery, Oxford1999 Putney School of Art, London1998 Printmaker’s Council, Woodlands Art Gallery, London1997 & 1998 Summer Exhibition, Heffer Gallery1997 Salon des Graphiques, Curwen Gallery, London1996 Printmaker’s Council – Heffer Gallery, Cambridge Monoprint Show, Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park“The Making of Prints” Elizabethan Exhibition Gallery, Wakefield1995 & 1996 Battersea Art Fair, London1995, 1997 National Open Print Exhibition, Whiteleys Gallery, London.