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 internationally, 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, Japanese billionaire art collector Yusaku Maezawa, Sony Music and Defjam Records in New York, and DreamWorks Studios in Los Angeles. His work was recently included in shows at PULSE Miami, Mike Weiss Gallery (New York), Beers Gallery (London, UK), United Talent Agency (Los Angeles) and in the solo exhibition, Thrush Holmes: Personal Work at the Library Street Collective (Detroit).