THRUSH HOLMES

ALEX LUKAS

Remarkable Painting, 2017 Oil, oil stick, spray paint, enamel, and neon on canvas 90 x 60 inches

Remarkable Painting, 2017
Oil, oil stick, spray paint, enamel, and neon on canvas
90 x 60 inches

THRUSH HOLMES

Thrush Byron Keats Holmes is a Toronto-based painter who explores traditional artistic themes in an aggressive, unapologetically contemporary way, contrasting poetic tropes with a punk sensibility. Romantic and idealistic, his naive forms (nudes, rainbows, still life florals) reference modernists like Picasso and Matisse, dissolving studies further into dripping, crude gestures of oil stick and neon light. Entirely self-taught outside two weeks in art school - where he quit after being told he couldn’t fast-track to his final year - Holmes’ process mirrors his ambitions. 20-ft paintings are made in a single sitting, and the initials ‘TH’ are often large enough in the bottom corner of a piece to be considered a compositional element. Holmes’ newest works have begun to add nostalgia and introspection to an ongoing analysis of mythology, archetypes, and ego.

Holmes has work is found in permanent collections worldwide including the Elton John Aids Foundation, Sony Music, Dreamworks Studio, and Def Jam Records among others.

B. 1979, Toronto, Canada ; based in Toronto, Canada

Contact the gallery for available work HERE.

 

 

 

 
 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Summer Group Exhibition – BEERS London | London, UK
Modernist Lunch – BEERS London | London, UK

2016
What’s Up 2.0 – BEERS London (curated by Lawrence Van Hagen) | London, UK
School’s Out – Mike Weiss Gallery | New York, USA
VOLTA Basel – BEERS London | London, UK

2013
I want that inside me – Feature Inc | New York, USA
Massive Party – Art Gallery of Ontario | Toronto, CA
DX Uncrated – Design Exchange Museum | Toronto, CA

2011
Summer Group Show – Angell Gallery | Toronto, CA
Untitled – Neubacher Shor | Toronto, CA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
Ten Years of Neon – Thrush Holmes Studio | Ontario, CA

2016
Personal Work – Library Street Collective | Detroit, USA
PULSE MIAMI – Beers London | Miami, USA

2015
Heavy Painting – Mike Weiss Gallery | New York, USA

2014
Break Room – NEXT Lounge, Toronto International Art Fair | Toronto, CA
MORE – Mike Weiss Gallery | New York, USA
VOLTA NY – Mike Weiss Gallery | New York, USA

2013
All Lit Up on Wine – Mike Weiss Gallery | New York, USA
Flames Up – Angell Gallery | Toronto, CA

2012
Noiseless Moon – Angell Gallery | Toronto, CA

2011
Big Bad Motherfucker in Charge – Neubacher Shor | Toronto, USA

2010
New Luxe – T.H.E. | Toronto, CA
Paintings; Some Good, Some So-So – T.H.E. | Toronto, CA

2009
Big Paintings – T.H.E. | Toronto, CA

2008
Every Million Golden Universe – T.H.E. | Toronto, CA