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Interview with Ashleigh Holmes

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 reminiscent 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‘ work has been featured in several solo shows. In late 2019, Holmes exhibited in Malaga, Spain – the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. There she discovered on the sun-soaked shores of the Mediterranean a responsive audience and International appreciation for her painting practice. Holmes‘ work exists in private collections in Australia, London, South America, Germany, New Zealand, North America, Singapore, Dubai and Spain. Holmes‘ has a certificate in The Psychology of Colour and Symbolism to further the relationship her works have with colour and sensory effect.

Ashleigh Holmes interview

A recent finalist in the Mosman Art Prize (2019) Holmes has featured in several solo shows. In late 2019, Holmes exhibited in Malaga, Spain – birthplace of Pablo Picasso.

What inspires you to be creative?
The natural beauty found in nature, colour and everything in between.

What is your greatest indulgence in life?
Eating amazing food in beautiful places and buying art from artists I’m in love with.

What is your daily routine when you’reworking?
I’ll always start my mornings with either or a combination of the following: meditation, swimming or coffee with a friend/s. This is my perfect start into the day. When I get into the studio, which is usually in the early morning- between 8 am – 9 am (which is when I’m most creative). I’ll firstly put music on, pour myself a cup of coffee and then step into my painting gear. From there it’s not really a routine, only rituals. Once it’s too dark in the studio to paint with natural light, I’ll either go out to dinner or cook something nice at home. 

What makes you happy?
Knowing my loved ones are content and healthy. Feeling inspired, being able to be creative everyday keeps me grounded and that makes me truly happy. Finding a new album to be obsessed with also makes me happy.

What are you working on right now?
I’m constantly checking in with myself to make sure I’m challenging myself with new compositions and materials. I’m working on my first International solo show which will be held in DTLA 2021. I’m so looking forward to sharing my work in person with the US audience. The finer details are yet to be confirmed, if you’d like to be informed please visit my website.

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