Paul Holmes’s practice focuses on the gestures and actions of the human body.  Pared-down and isolated, frequently viewed in close-up and robbed of their context, these simple movements and expressions carry meanings that go unseen in standard spatial and temporal frames.


Often taking his own face and body as the model, Paul Holmes uses still images, light, film, graphics and sound to renegotiate our understanding of modes of expression and viewing, of narrative and performance.


His work eschews narrative, rather shifting and altering shape in time in a way that suggests a temporal sculpture. His works are installed sculpturally too, using the display equipment: monitors, projectors, and audio speakers, to create the appearance of three dimensional artefacts within space.


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.




Website and all images and text, unless otherwise attributed, © 2018 Paul Holmes.