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Andrew Holmes


Chest on Chest of Drawers, 2019

Demountable chest on small chest of five drawers. Found materials including: painted and bare wood from demolished Victorian terraced houses, chapel organ pipes, painted steel, cast iron and wrought iron
H:120cm W:66cm D:40cm
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Minty Green Bookcase, 2016

Bookcase cabinet in the style of 1930s sectional Varsity bookcase by Minty of Oxford. Found materials including: green painted wood, driftwood, copper knobs, plastic roundels cut from a polythene oil canister
H:152cm W:91cm D:33cm
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Andrew Holmes

Born: 1955
Place of Birth: Oxfordshire

Andrew Holmes furniture invites involvement and interaction from the viewer; opening doors, drawers and unfolding parts.

While Andrew Holmes’s work fits in with today’s environmental concerns and the obvious benefits of recycling, his influences forty years ago were artists who used found materials for their intrinsic qualities. His materials are carefully chosen for their colour and provenance, and relevance to the piece being constructed. Coming to Stoke on Trent in 1974, Andrew Holmes found a cornucopia of material in the slum clearance areas where nineteenth century workers’ houses were being demolished. He uses the inherent qualities of this material to make assemblages and constructions – totems and cupboards which are warm memorials to the past. His pieces always invite involvement from the spectator with their opening doors, drawers and folding parts.

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