Thrush Holmes is a Toronto artist known for his colourful and erratic paintings. Whether spraying wood panel with spray paint and neon or carving out wood sculptures with a chainsaw in hand, Holmes’s unapologetic methods transform familiar art motifs from their traditional banality to culty, fetishistic status. Intuitive and swaggering in practice, he typically chooses subject matter such as the still life, reclining nudes, and landscape, and elevates these common subjects to something seductive and unusual.
Holmes has been widely exhibited throughout Canada, and he is placed among Canada’s top-selling living artists. His work can be found in prominent permanent collections such as the Elton John Aids Foundation, Sony Music and Defjam Records in New York, and DreamWorks Studios in Los Angeles. His work was most recently included in shows at PULSE Miami, Mike Weiss Gallery (New York), Beers Gallery (London, UK), and in thesolo exhibition, Thrush Holmes: Personal Workat the Library Street Collective (Detroit).