BRUCE HOLMES My background has included sporadic study in art courses and workshops including CSU and TAFE. The preferred medium is oils, though sometimes gouache, acrylic, pastel and line and wash are used. A general strategy has been to explore, interpretively, aspects of landscape and man’s impact on, and relationship with, this landscape.
Subject matter, based mainly on the Central Western area of NSW, is occasionally informed by items of historical interest. Variety of subject has led to a variety of treatment and technique, such as the manipulation of perspective and pattern, with occasional forays into accommodating, and hopefully integrating, both the figurative and abstract.
Being a long-term resident in the country, I have come to appreciate the countryside as a source for art in that it’s subject-matter is unique and reflects richly on the human condition – all of which provides me with ample inspiration.
I have, over the years, won a number of awards and prizes.
Over the years I have attended various workshops and have studied art at TAFE both in Bathurst and Orange, with painting, drawing, sculpture and art history being my focus.
Painting in oils and acrylics, as well as drawing in pencil, pen, charcoal and pastel are my current tools of trade. Inspiration comes from the landscape in the Central Western region. Dramatic landscapes created by changing weather and distinctive seasons west of the Blue Mountains have been the catalyst for my inspiration. My earlier years growing up by Lake Macquarie have given me a different outlook, with my series of coastal scenes.
I have received a number of awards for both painting and drawing. My works are in private collections throughout Australia.