Professor Andrew Holmes

MArch Course Leader
AAD Module Leader

Encompassing drawing, printmaking, photography, film and design his work explores the apparently anonymous mobile infrastructure of cities. The work offers not the unique quality of handicraft, but the elements of three traditions: that art is evidence, and of an ability to select significant objects, things from experience; that art is the residue of engaging the existing systems with particular mechanical techniques and processes; and that art provides the possibility of fabricating new versions of reality. These procedures are organised as Arrangements, and Nonuments under the principles of Informalism. The work in all its forms has been exhibited and published widely for forty years. Holmes is Professor of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, was formerly Guest Professor at the Technische Universitaat, Berlin, and a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute. The work of his students can be seen at


  • MArch course leader
  • AAD module leader

Memberships (and affiliations)

He is represented by Ace Gallery, Los Angeles

Academic interests

Research and conferences

  • 2015 Postmodern Procedures, School of Architecture, Princeton University, Princeton, USA.
  • 2014 Helen Pashgian in Conversation, Rachel Rivenc and Carol Eliel, Getty Center, Los Angeles.
  • 2013 Big Bertha, UCLA, Los Angeles.
  • 2012 Big Bertha, University of Westminster, London.

Solo exhibitions

  • 2016 Signs and Wonders, Ace Gallery, 9430 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2015 The Golden Hour, Ace Museum, La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles. USA
  • 2014 Glimpses of Arcadia, 14 Drawings, Ace Museum, Los Angeles. USA
    The Golden Hour, Video Installation, Ace Museum. Los Angeles. USA
  • 2012 Final Exit, Plus One Gallery, London

Group exhibitions

  • 2016 The Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London.
  • 2015 Glimpses of Arcadia, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles ArtShow, Convention Center, Los Angeles
  • Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association
    Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. Rhode Island. USA.
    Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis. Missouri. USA
    The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, New York, USA
    The Magic of Trees, Contains Art, East Quay, Watchet, Somerset
  • 2014 70 80 Print, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Northampton
  • 2013 Pacific Standard Time: Modern Architecture in LA: Everything Loose Will Land,
    MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, USA
    Pacific Standard Time: Modern Architecture in LA: Everything Loose Will Land.
    Paul Rudolph Exhibition Hall, Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, USA
  • 2012 Hyperrealism Now, Plus One Gallery, London
  • 2011 AA Atlas, The Sixties: If You Were There…, Architectural Association, London
    Winter Show, Plus One Gallery, London
    Exactitude VI, 10 Years of Hyperrealsm Today

Selected publications

Reviews of exhibitions and artworks


  • 11 May 2016, Why Painting Maintains a Significant Role in a World of Instant Images,
  • 13 January 2016, How Does the Use of Photoshop Affect Hyperrealistic Art?
  • 11 November 2015, The Difference Between Photorealism and Hyperrealism,
  • Marjanovic, Igor and Howard, Jan (2015), Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, RISD Museum
  • Pagel, David, (15.07.2014), Keen Observations Flow Through Andrew Holmes’ Drawings, Video, Los Angeles Times
  • Andrew Holmes’ Golden Hour at the Ace Museum, Farmlife, LA.
  • Lavin, S. with Meyer, K., (2013), Everything Loose Will Land: 1970s Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, MAK Center and Verlag fur Moderne Kunst
  • Hawthorne, Christopher, (16.05.13), L.A., Architects’ Effect on Each Other at MAK Center Exhibit, Los Angeles Times
  • Olsberg, Nicholas, (10.07.13), Letting Loose Los Angeles in the Seventies, The Architectural Review
  • Stein, Bennett, (10.05.13), Everything Loose Will Land: Teleporting Us Back to the ‘70s, Design and Architecture
  • Moore, Rowan, (14.07. 2013), The Man Who Taught Us To Love Colour, The New Review, Observer
  • Brooker, Graeme (2012), Key Interiors since 1900, Laurence King
  • Buck, Louisa and McClean, Daniel, (2012), Commissioning Contemporary Art, Thames & Hudson.
  • Editorial, (23 March 2012), Roar Talent, Building Design.
  • Rattenbury, K. and Hardingham, S. (eds), Supercrit No. 3: The Pompidou Centre, Routledge, London.
  • Bottoms, Edward (11 July 2011), Architectural Association Archives, Architectural Review.
  • Editorial, (14 March 2011), Cultural Guide, Building Design.
Andrew Holmes


School of Architecture

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP