Laurel Holmes

Laurel Holmes

South Africa | 19 artworks for sale

  • sentient v ed.3/12 limited edition print laurel holmes
    Sentient V ed.3/12
    Handmade Print / 30 x 35 cm
    $370
  • topography of water i ed.4/8 limited edition print laurel holmes
    Topography Of Water I Ed.4/8
    Handmade Print / 71 x 35 cm
    $620
  • water study vii painting laurel holmes
    Water Study VII
    Painting / 30 x 21 cm
    $470
  • water study viii painting laurel holmes
    Water Study VIII
    Painting / 26 x 21 cm
    $470
  • where it touches ii painting laurel holmes
    Where It Touches Ii
    Painting / 80 x 61 cm
    $1,410
  • geography at the time i painting laurel holmes
    Geography At The Time I
    Painting / 30 x 30 cm
    $600
  • geography at the time ii painting laurel holmes
    Geography At The Time Ii
    Painting / 30 x 30 cm
    $600
  • below the waters of sleep and dreams ii painting laurel holmes
    Below The Waters Of Sleep And Dreams II
    Painting / 60 x 60 cm
    $1,180
  • topography of water ed.1/8 limited edition print laurel holmes
    Topography Of Water Ed.1/8
    Handmade Print / 71 x 35 cm
    $540
  • topography of water ed.2/8 limited edition print laurel holmes
    Topography Of Water Ed.2/8
    Handmade Print / 71 x 35 cm
    $540
  • sentient v ed. 2/12 limited edition print laurel holmes
    Sentient V Ed. 2/12
    Handmade Print / 30 x 35 cm
    $370
  • double take iii limited edition print laurel holmes
    Double Take III
    Handmade Print / 71 x 33 cm
    $570
  • windblown xii limited edition print laurel holmes
    Windblown XII
    Handmade Print / 62 x 33 cm
    $490
  • windblown iii limited edition print laurel holmes
    Windblown III
    Handmade Print / 58 x 33 cm
    $490
  • double take iii limited edition print laurel holmes
    Double Take III
    Handmade Print / 71 x 33 cm
    $590
  • double take i limited edition print laurel holmes
    Double Take I
    Handmade Print / 70 x 33 cm
    $490
  • windblown vi limited edition print laurel holmes
    Windblown VI
    Limited Edition Print / 26 x 33 cm
    $360
  • fringe limited edition print laurel holmes
    Fringe
    Handmade Print / 36 x 46 cm
    $470
  • trace v limited edition print laurel holmes
    Trace V
    Handmade Print / 33 x 35 cm
    $390
  • ground shadow ix limited edition print laurel holmes
    Ground Shadow Ix
    Handmade Print / 61 x 32 cm
  • ground shadow xi limited edition print laurel holmes
    Ground Shadow Xi
    Handmade Print / 61 x 36 cm
  • sentient vii ed.3/12 limited edition print laurel holmes
    Sentient Vii Ed.3/12
    Handmade Print / 30 x 35 cm
  • below the waters of sleep and dreams iii painting laurel holmes
    Below The Waters Of Sleep And Dreams Iii
    Painting / 60 x 60 cm
  • below the waters of sleep and dreams i painting laurel holmes
    Below The Waters Of Sleep And Dreams I
    Painting / 60 x 60 cm
  • the pull back painting laurel holmes
    The Pull Back
    Painting / 100 x 100 cm
  • renewal painting laurel holmes
    Renewal
    Painting / 80 x 50 cm
  • sentient vi ed. 2/12 limited edition print laurel holmes
    Sentient Vi Ed. 2/12
    Handmade Print / 30 x 35 cm
  • mutable i painting laurel holmes
    Mutable I
    Painting / 30 x 30 cm
  • mutable iii painting laurel holmes
    Mutable Iii
    Painting / 30 x 30 cm
  • trace viii limited edition print laurel holmes
    Trace Viii
    Handmade Print / 33 x 37 cm
  • trace iii limited edition print laurel holmes
    Trace Iii
    Handmade Print / 23 x 37 cm
  • trace iv limited edition print laurel holmes
    Trace Iv
    Handmade Print / 23 x 37 cm
  • terrene x limited edition print laurel holmes
    Terrene X
    Limited Edition Print / 34 x 49 cm
  • terrene xiii limited edition print laurel holmes
    Terrene XIII
    Monoprint / 27 x 38 cm
  • sentient iii: 14/15 ev limited edition print laurel holmes
    Sentient Iii: 14/15 Ev
    Fine Art Editions / 25 x 42 cm
  • sentient iv   ed. 7/10 limited edition print laurel holmes
    Sentient IV Ed. 7/10
    Fine Art Editions / 21 x 27 cm
  • sentient iv   ed. 9/10 limited edition print laurel holmes
    Sentient IV Ed. 9/10
    Fine Art Editions / 21 x 27 cm
  • sentient iv: 6/10 ev limited edition print laurel holmes
    Sentient Iv: 6/10 Ev
    Fine Art Editions / 21 x 27 cm
  • tempest painting laurel holmes
    Tempest
    Painting / 35 x 45 cm
  • above the shallows painting laurel holmes
    Above The Shallows
    Painting / 50 x 50 cm
  • sentient iv: 3/10 ev limited edition print laurel holmes
    Sentient IV: 3/10 EV
    Fine Art Editions / 21 x 27 cm
  • terrene vii limited edition print laurel holmes
    Terrene VII
    Monotype Print / 37 x 32 cm
  • lineation iv: 9/15 ev limited edition print laurel holmes
    Lineation IV: 9/15 EV
    Fine Art Editions / 38 x 32 cm
  • sentient iv: 5/10 ev limited edition print laurel holmes
    Sentient IV: 5/10 EV
    Fine Art Editions / 21 x 27 cm
  • terrene xv limited edition print laurel holmes
    Terrene XV
    Monoprint / 34 x 49 cm
  • terrene xvi limited edition print laurel holmes
    Terrene XVI
    Monoprint / 34 x 49 cm
  • bloom i painting laurel holmes
    Bloom I
    Painting / 53 x 53 cm
  • encasement iii limited edition print laurel holmes
    Encasement III
    Printmaking / 21 x 21 cm
  • encasement i 2/2 limited edition print laurel holmes
    Encasement I 2/2
    Printmaking / 21 x 21 cm
  • encasement ii limited edition print laurel holmes
    Encasement II
    Printmaking / 21 x 21 cm
  • flux  painting laurel holmes
    Flux
    Painting / 100 x 100 cm
  • terrene viii limited edition print laurel holmes
    Terrene VIII
    Monotype Print / 37 x 32 cm
  • hillsided painting laurel holmes
    Hillsided
    Painting / 60 x 60 cm
  • lineation iv: 1/15 ev limited edition print laurel holmes
    Lineation IV: 1/15 EV
    Etching / 38 x 32 cm
  • calamus i limited edition print laurel holmes
    Calamus I
    Monoprint / 31 x 23 cm
  • calamus iii limited edition print laurel holmes
    Calamus III
    Monoprint / 31 x 23 cm
  • calamus ii limited edition print laurel holmes
    Calamus II
    Monoprint / 31 x 23 cm
  • lineation iii: 3/10 ev limited edition print laurel holmes
    Lineation III: 3/10 EV
    Printmaking / 28 x 40 cm
  • fragmentation ii: 3/9 ev limited edition print laurel holmes
    Fragmentation II: 3/9 EV
    Etching / 28 x 42 cm
  • fragmentation i: 1/2 ap limited edition print laurel holmes
    Fragmentation I: 1/2 AP
    Monoprint / 21 x 31 cm
  • lineation ii: 5/10 ev limited edition print laurel holmes
    Lineation II: 5/10 EV
    Etching / 25 x 36 cm

A deep love for indigenous flora has been part of my life since my early childhood as was exposure to various forms of art. My mother, a ceramist, was a keen indigenous gardener many years before the majority of gardeners began to explore the beauty of our South Africa plants and trees.

In high school, I took drawing classes at the Johannesburg Art Foundation under Bill Ainslie and Ricky Burnett. After obtaining a BCom, I spent a year (and a bit) studying textile design Natal Technikon before I started working, and later Fine Art at UNISA. At both, my interest in design and texture developed. Years later I took up oil painting with Karin Daymond in Nelspruit, for the first time indulging in my love for rich colour and beginning to explore still life painting.

In the years that followed, painting became more and more part of my life, as did more frequent visits to lonely places in South Africa that could feed my need for solitude and quiet. Through my painting I could reconnect and express my love of the natural spaces and flora of our country, growing my nascent interest in the landscape. Friends or visitors coming to the house would buy paintings straight off my easel, which I had squeezed into a corner of my lounge. The subject matter of my current work is still the South African landscape but looking at those fleeting moments of light or shadow that change the way one sees a particular snapshot of that landscape.

I have works in South African and British collections, some of which were commissioned. At the beginning of 2012, after many years of working in a corporate environment, I began painting full time, my studio being in Johannesburg.

Selected Exhibitions:

2005
Group exhibition, White River    
2006
Group exhibition, White River
Group exhibition, Ten on Russell, Nelspruit
2011
Art Fair, White River, May
Project Group Auction, GIBS, Illovo, Sept
Bamboo, Melville - ‘Stillness’ June
2012
Front Room Art, Pretoria - ‘Tree’ June
In Toto Gallery, Birdhaven - group showing of new artists, August
Bamboo, Melville - ‘Celebrate’ November
Front Room Art & Platform on 18th, Pretoria, Nov
In Toto Gallery, Birdhaven, Showing of new artists, Dec
2013
Gordon Institute of Business Science. Showing of South African artists, Jan
Upstairs@Bamboo, Melville - ‘Pisces” Mar   
Project Group Auction, GIBS, Illovo, May
Solo exhibition: The Studio, Kalk Bay - ‘Light Play’ July
Group exhibition, Kirstenbosch, Sept

Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
Philemon Hlungwani and Karin Daymond’s drawings and prints - their subject matter, drawing styles and the marks they make are fascinating.

Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?

Frans Oerder - his art career was tough and yet he managed to stay true to his need to paint. I never get tired of looking at pictures of his work, especially his later works.

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

Dylan Lewis’s collaborative exhibition in Kirstenbosch Gardens (with Ian McCallum and Enrico Daffonchio). His sculptures are so powerful which combined with the relevant poetry in a very meaningful architectural space was able to pass across very compelling messaging about the natural environment and man’s current role in it.  

Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
From the natural environment from places in South Africa that I have visited specifically because there is a ‘pull’ to those places, and then from the everyday environment around me in my home.

What do you like most about being an artist?

Being free to ‘look’ at everything!

How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?

Pick up a brush, put on some music and start. Things flow soon after that. Like any other job, when things are hard to start, just start and the hardest part is done.

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

Leap of faith - quitting the corporate world - and finding that people do respond to my work and have purchased it. (Its only been 9 months but I have sold 40 paintings this year so far. The emphasis is not on the sales but the response to my work).

Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?

To make people stop and see - not necessarily exactly what I see - but to notice the natural environment in its perfection and purity; to change the way they view the natural environment and feel its quiet and its pull. To stop and slow down - life is too harried, and to call people to notice that this busy-ness is not everything in the bigger scheme of life.

What are your plans for the coming year?

A monoprint workshop in July at The Artists Press in White River; more landscape paintings from visits to the Karoo and Bredasdorp areas