Thrush Holmes: What’s it all for?

Thrush Holmes: What’s it all for?
31 May – 2 July, 2022
Unit London
3 Hanover Square

Thrush Holmes’ first solo exhibition with Unit London, What’s it all for?, presents the artist’s continuing drive to push the limits of a familiar yet specific motif: the still life. Holmes has been incorporating neon into his work for over a decade, treating it in much the same way as he does paint.

What’s it all for? demonstrates the artist’s intimate and highly developed relationship with the material. Neon lights weave their way through each piece, creating what the artist refers to as “illuminated gestures”. In many ways, the neon material is able to express more than paint, punctuating each piece in moments of striking physicality.

Some deep mystery 2021
Acrylic, oil, and neon on canvas mounted to panel with artist’s frame
152 cm x 122 cm

Holmes considers his artworks as “ultra-graffiti”, where strips of neon slice through his compositions in an act that could almost equate to defacement. Yet a sense of balance reigns over each piece as the various mediums synchronise through complementary colours and tones. In this sense, Holmes views his artworks almost as pieces of music or theatre. Each work requires different movements or different acts to generate a dynamic and visceral viewing experience.

©2022 Thrush Holmes, Unit London