Auckland born Philip Holmes grew up in Hawera and Taupo during the 1950s. As a child he drew constantly and from an early age knew that he would pursue an artistic career. Holmes began painting professionally in his twenties, exhibiting throughout New Zealand from early on in his career.
Having studied Maori art and history Holmes' early portraits often featured historical Maori figures with contemporary subjects appearing in more recent years. His work is a combination of traditional European technique embracing new world subject matter.
Working in both conté and oil, Holmes has long been acknowledged as one of New Zealand's finest portrait painters.
Please contact the gallery for a full list of available works by this artist.