Paul Holmes’s practice focuses on the gestures and actions of the human face, voice and body.


His works are installed sculpturally, often in unconventional spaces.  He uses still images, light, film, graphics and sound to renegotiate our understanding of modes of expression and viewing, of narrative and performance, frequently taking himself as the subject.


Using a mix of professional and domestic display equipment: monitors, TVs, projectors, and audio speakers, these installations create the appearance of three dimensional artefacts within space.


Although it is time-based, Paul Holmes's work eschews narrative. Rather it shifts and alters shape in time in a way that is also sculptural, albeit in the fourth, temporal dimension.


Pared-down and isolated, frequently viewed in close-up and robbed of their context, the simple movements, expressions and sounds captured in the works carry meanings that go unseen in standard spatial and temporal frames.


Paul Holmes spent two decades as a director in film and television before redirecting his practice towards visual art.  He currently teaches at the School of Arts and Creative Industries, Edinburgh Napier University and has given talks and workshops around the world.


"Outside the Box" installation views photographed by Alkistis Terzi.  "The Loop" images © Wendy McMurdo and Paul Holmes.



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