As a fourth generation artist, Ash Holmes has a strong matriarchal lineage of art running through her blood. Based in Sydney, her works are held in collections in Australia, the USA, and across Europe. Her softly muted mark making painting practice is first and foremost informed by American colour field artists of the 1950s and 1960s, yet her conscious translation of colour is also deeply personal. Memory of time and place infiltrate her abstract works, while in-depth research of colour psychology allows her to tap into the sensory effects of tone on the conscious and subconscious mind. Ash’s resulting works are complex layers of burnt umbers and dusty pinks, with each having it’s own visceral effect, translating landscape as both a memory and a feeling.
Feature image: Ash Holmes, Venus In The Fields. Mixed medium on Belgian linen canvas, 180 x 240cm. COURTESY: THE ARTIST