Project Description

Nina Holmes

Nina Holmes

The process of altering or intervening to create work is a significant quality of Nina Holmes’ practice and she often includes pieces of material or repurposed upholstery. She likens this process-based approach to “surrealist automatism”, while also allowing for the inevitable influence of found images, photographs and the borrowing of techniques and inspirations from other paintings. Working loosely and around expectations Holme’s paintings are never limited to canvas and oil. Instead they push the formal, rigid canon of painting.

She enjoys working on multiple paintings at the same time, with work spread out across her studio in Woodstock. The working process is occasionally accompanied by a grand symphonic soundtrack and sometimes with silence. There is careful thinking and intense working through various influences and concepts.

Holmes is a Cape Town-based artist who completed her Post Graduate Diploma (2017) with distinction at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. She has had two solo exhibitions with Eclectica Contemporary and was featured in the 2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair solo section.

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Nina Holmes My Favourite 2020 mixed media on canvas 198 x 117 cm

The Favourite
2020
mixed media on canvas
198 x 117 cm

Nina Holmes Things on my mind 2020 Oil on canvas 90 x 64 cm

Things on my mind
2020
Oil on canvas
90 x 64 cm

Nina Holmes Macbeth 2020 Oil on canvas 124 x 92 cm

Macbeth
2020
Oil on canvas
124 x 92 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Lost and Found 2020 Mixed media on canvas 92 x 92 cm

Lost and Found
2020
Mixed media on canvas
92 x 92 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Traces (series)

Traces (series)
2020
mixed media on canvas
30 x 21 cm – each

Nina Holmes Traces (series) 2020 mixed media on canvas 55.5 x 70 cm

Traces (series)
2020
mixed media on canvas
55.5 x 70 cm

Nina Holmes Did you take the rubbish out? Acrylic and oil on canvas 122 x 91 cm

Did you take the rubbish out?
2020
Acrylic and oil on canvas
122 x 91 cm

Nina Holmes I’ll cover you 2020 Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm

I’ll cover you
2020
Oil on canvas
50 x 50 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes The Purpose of a Palette I 2020 Acrylic and oil on perspex 60 x 60 cm

The Purpose of a Palette I
2020
Acrylic and oil on perspex
60 x 60 cm

Nina Holmes The Purpose of a Palette II 2020 Mixed media on perspex 82 x 38 cm

The Purpose of a Palette II
2020
Mixed media on perspex
82 x 38 cm
SOLD

Best Before 2020 Oil on canvas 305 x 203 cm

Best Before
2020
Oil on canvas
305 x 203 cm

Nina Holmes Wallflower 2020 Oil on canvas 75 x 60.5 cm

Wallflower
2020
Oil on canvas
75 x 60.5 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Distressed 2020 Oil on board 53 x 63 cm

Distressed
2020
Oil on board
53 x 63 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Happy I painted a box 2020 Oil on canvas 86 x 61 cm

Happy I painted a box
2020
Oil on canvas
86 x 61 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Beaten 2020 Oil on canvas 150 x 119 cm

Beaten
2020
Oil on canvas
150 x 119 cm
SOLD

The fear and embarrassment of obsolescence makes for a civilization that is not civil but instead one that is hardened to any body or thing that is deemed worthless and has thus become irrelevant to societal functioning.

My current body of work deals largely with the notions of uselessness, irrelevance and invisibility surrounding both people and inanimate objects that are essentially discarded by a consumptive society obsessed with narcissistic value(s). The avid modern day consumerism accentuates this. My interest in the concept was originally piqued by ageism but as I began my investigation, I was wary of becoming sucked into just one aspect. I found myself aware of all marginal groups, outsiders, animals, household objects, dysfunctional items etc. that are either ignored or disposed of. I have always had a fascination for antiquity and a sense that something of another era or even recent past, holds a weight of knowledge, of stories, of humanity. And from a young age I have scoured beaches, dump sites and second hand markets in the search of a special something that had been thrown out.

I am exploring this idea in a number of ways, but most obviously in the repurposing of discarded materials that I am incorporating into my work. Many of the paintings are on old canvases, some even retrieved from bins, some that I have further distressed before painting begins. Art palettes are elevated to painting status and used acrylic paint has been reimagined onto canvases. My cleaning rags have become important markers for this work – dirty, little unplanned throw outs that have inspired larger works and have become art works themselves on unprimed canvas. Contemporary work has been framed in the slightly outdated, gaudy frames of the past.

Titles of Old is irrelevant and Best Before refer to our expiry date and imply an anxiety induced notion of time evaporating.

A floor work that has been sewn together from individual paintings and rags speaks of the invisibility and worthlessness where it is trampled underfoot by the viewer.

The centerpiece is based on a Gucci shopping bag by artist Ignasi Monreal. The image on the bag (which is essentially a throw away item) has become more important than the overly expensive item that was once in it. Greek mythology inspired references denote a past era, one that can be looked back on with nostalgia but one that is largely irrelevant today. The old and the new are entwined in a surrealist depiction.

I suppose it is not so much the mere upcycling of aged objects that is at the heart of this work; rather a call for care, for pausing and noting, for giving attention to something or someone whose value may have been obscured.

Nina Holmes Cut off 2020 oil on canvas 82 x 82 cm

Cut off
2020
oil on canvas
82 x 82 cm

Nina Holmes Immaterial 2020 Acrylic and oil on canvas 89 x 174 cm

Immaterial
2020
Acrylic and oil on canvas
89 x 174 cm

Nina Holmes Underfoot 2020 Mixed media installation 400 x 300 cm1

Underfoot (hand stitching by Heidi Benn)
2020
Mixed media installation
400 x 300 cm

Nina Holmes it is not what i see 2019 Acrylic on canvas 154 x 190 cm

Nina Holmes
it is not what i see
2019
Acrylic on canvas
154 x 190 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Homage 2019 Mixed media on canvas 52 x 72 cm

Nina Holmes
Homage
2019
Mixed media on canvas
52 x 72 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Hanging Worlds 2019 Oil on Board 60 x 81 cm

Nina Holmes
Hanging Worlds
2019
Oil on Board
60 x 81 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Karatara- White Noise 2019 Acrylic on canvas 82.5 x 117.5 cm

Nina Holmes
Karatara: White Noise
2019
Acrylic on canvas
82.5 x 117.5 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Karatara- Ambient Composition 2019 Acrylic on canvas 82.5 x 117.5 cm

Nina Holmes
Karatara: Ambient Composition
2019
Acrylic on canvas
82.5 x 117.5 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Karatara- Single tree standing 2019 Acrylic on canvas 82.5 x 117.5 cm

Nina Holmes
Karatara: Single tree standing
2019
Acrylic on canvas
82.5 x 117.5 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Square Root 2019 Acrylic on canvas 170 x 196 cm

Nina Holmes
Square Root
2019
Acrylic on canvas
170 x 196 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Pollination 2019 mixed media on paper 46 x 34 cm

Nina Holmes
Pollination
2019
mixed media on paper
46 x 34 cm

Nina Holmes Head puzzle 2019 mixed media on paper 46 x 34 cm

Nina Holmes
Head puzzle
2019
mixed media on paper
46 x 34 cm

Nina Holmes King of the Castle 2019 mixed media on paper 46 x 34 cm

Nina Holmes
King of the Castle
2019
mixed media on paper
46 x 34 cm

Nina Holmes My lips are sealed 2019 mixed media on paper 46 x 34 cm

Nina Holmes
My lips are sealed
2019
mixed media on paper
46 x 34 cm

Nina Holmes New Promises 2019 Acrylic on paper 47 x 35 cm

Nina Holmes
New Promises
2019
Acrylic on paper
47 x 35 cm

Nina Holmes Muted 2019 Acrylic on paper 47 x 35 cm

Nina Holmes
Muted
2019
Acrylic on paper
47 x 35 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Sensory Overload 2019 Acrylic on paper 47 x 35 cm

Nina Holmes
Sensory Overload
2019
Acrylic on paper
47 x 35 cm

Nina Holmes Over there 2019 Mixed medai on canvas 45 x 61 cm

Nina Holmes
Over there
2019
Mixed media on canvas
45 x 61 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Still Life with Colander and Brushes 2019 Acrylic on canvas 174 x 123 cm

Nina Holmes
Still Life with Colander and Brushes
2019
Acrylic on canvas
174 x 123 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Empty Nest 2019 Acrylic on canvas 121 x 86 cm

Nina Holmes
Empty Nest
2019
Acrylic on canvas
121 x 86 cm

Nina Holmes Thicket 2018 Acrylic on canvas 61 x 86 cm

Nina Holmes
Thicket
2018
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 86 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Inhale 2019 Acrylic on paper 36 x 27 cm

Nina Holmes
Inhale
2019
Acrylic on paper
36 x 27 cm
RESERVED

Nina Holmes Alien Terrain 2019 Acrylic on paper 36 x 27 cm

Nina Holmes
Alien Terrain
2019
Acrylic on paper
36 x 27 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Blinded 2019 Acrylic on paper 36 x 27 cm

Nina Holmes
Blinded
2019
oil on paper
36 x 27 cm

Nina Holmes Sonic Landscape 2019 Acrylic on paper 47 x 35 cm

Nina Holmes
Sonic Landscape
2019
Acrylic on paper
47 x 35 cm

Nina Holmes Sleep Guardian 2019 Mixed Media on canvas 121 x 152 cm

Nina Holmes
Sleep Guardian
2019
Mixed Media on canvas
121 x 152 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Dead man walking 2019 oil on Board 30 x 34 cm

Nina Holmes
Dead man walking
2019
oil on Board
30 x 34 cm

Nina Holmes Fecund soil 2019 Gouache and soil on paper 49 x 55cm

Nina Holmes
Fecund soil
2019
Gouache and soil on paper
49 x 55 cm

Nina Holmes The Whisperers 2019 Acrylic & oil on Textile 71 x 142 cm

Nina Holmes
The Whisperers
2019
Acrylic & oil on Textile
71 x 142 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Don't tear me up 2019 mixed media on paper 90 x 60 cm

Nina Holmes
Don’t tear me up
2019
mixed media on paper
90 x 60 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Smudged Pathway 2019 mixed media on paper 90 x 60 cm

Nina Holmes
Smudged Pathway
2019
mixed media on paper
90 x 60 cm

Nina Holmes Overgrown 2019 mixed media on paper 90 x 60 cm

Nina Holmes
Overgrown
2019
mixed media on paper
90 x 60 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes [Dis]connect 2019 acrylic and oil on canvas 155 x 124.5 cm

Nina Holmes[Dis]connect
2019
acrylic and oil on canvas
155 x 124.5 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Blizzard 2019 acrylic and oil on canvas 202 x 174 cm

Nina Holmes
Blizzard
2019
acrylic and oil on canvas
202 x 174 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Un|safe 2018 Acrylic & Oil on canvas 190 x 176 cm

Nina Holmes
Un|safe
2018
Acrylic & Oil on canvas
190 x 176 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Landscape 2 (1) 2018 Oil on board 27 x 24 cm
Nina Holmes Landscape 2 (2) 2018 Oil on board 27 x 24 cm

Nina Holmes
Landscape 2
2018
Oil on board
27 x 24.5 cm

Nina Holmes Landscape 2 (3) 2018 Oil on board 27 x 24 cm

SOLD

Nina Holmes Nerve Agent 4 2018 Acrylic on paper 34 x 46 cm
Nina Holmes Nerve Agent 3 2018 Acrylic on paper 34 x 46 cm

SOLD

Nina Holmes Nerve Agent 2 2018 Acrylic on paper 34 x 46 cm
Nina Holmes Nerve Agent 1 2018 Acrylic on paper 34 x 46 cm

Nina Holmes
Nerve Agent(series)
2018
Oil on board
27 x 24.5 cm

Nina Holmes Nerve Agent 1 2018 Acrylic on paper 34 x 46 cm

Nina Holmes
Lying
2018
Acrylic on Textile
103.5 x 149 cm

Nina Holmes Shifting Era 2018 Acrylic & Oil on canvas 44.5 x 66cm

Nina Holmes
Shifting Era
2018
Acrylic & Oil on canvas
44.5 x 66.5 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Camouflage 2018 Oil on board 24 x 32
Nina Holmes Camouflage 2018 Oil on board 24 x 32

Nina Holmes
Camouflage 2 & 1
2017
Oil on board
24 x 32.5 cm
(1)SOLD

Nina Holmes Chapel Street 1 2018 Acrylic on Primed paper 97.5 x 91 cm
Nina Holmes Chapel Street 1 2018 Acrylic on Primed paper 97.5 x 91 cm

Nina Holmes
Chapel Street
2018
Acrylic on Primed paper
97.5 x 91 cm

Nina Holmes No Parking 2018 Acrylic & Oil on canvas 179 x 220 cm

Nina Holmes
No Parking
2018
Acrylic & Oil on canvas
179 x 220 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Traces 2018 Oil on canvas 21 x 30 cm (each)

Nina Holmes
Traces
2018
Oil on canvas
21 x 30 cm (each)
(7) SOLD

Nina Holmes Look Out 2018 Acrylic on Textile 122 x 157 cm

Nina Holmes
Look Out
2018
Acrylic on Textile
122 x 157 cm

Nina Holmes Landscape 1 2018 Acrylic & Oil on canvas 61 x 45cm

Nina Holmes
Landscape 1
2018
Acrylic & Oil on canvas
61 x 45.5 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes Thicket 2018 Oil on canvas 84 x 59 cm

Nina Holmes
Thicket
2018
Oil on canvas
84 x 59 cm
SOLD

Nina Holmes The explosion will not happen today, it is too soon, or too late (Frantz Fanon- Black Skin, White Masks 7) 2018 Acrylic & Oil on canvas 143 x 190 cm

Nina Holmes
“The explosion will not happen today, it is too soon, or too late” (Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Masks 7)
2018
Acrylic & Oil on canvas
143 x 190 cm