The paintings of fourth-generation artist, Ash Holmes, speak of whimsical notions of abstraction, and the simplicity and nature of her home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Despite her young age, Ash Holmes has already experienced huge success in her career. She has been a finalist in several art prizes, including the Mosman Prize, the Combat Prize and the Lloyd Rees Memorial Award. In 2021 she was chosen as the resident artist for the Harbord Hotel, Sydney. Holmes has also celebrated sell-out exhibitions across Sydney, Byron Bay, Marbella, and her work is held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, US, Denmark, Canada, Singapore, Dubai, Germany, Hong Kong, West Africa, France, Japan, China and Spain.
Inspired by concepts from an impulsive vision or an unexpected muse, Ash Holmes’ artwork reveals traces of memory that pose sensitive reflections on the world. Intuition plays an important role in her artistic process, and in letting the artist know when a work is complete.
Texture is built through expressive brushstrokes and gestural mark-making to imprint the canvas in both oil and acrylic paint. Holmes is interested in the push and pull between different mediums, and the ways in which the flow of one medium can be interrupted by another.
Often working with large-scale canvases, Holmes creates a sensory effect by drawing from colour psychology — the harmonious tones of the environment connect her audience to the landscape she creates within. The visual poetics of the feminine is also present in Holmes’ work, who paints after her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother before her, and this is felt in her soft palettes of predominantly neutral tones and muted pinks.