Jammie Holmes - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | Phillips

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  • “When people look at my work I want them to feel something.”
    — Jammie Holmes​​​​​​​


    Born in Louisiana and based in Dallas, Texas, Jammie Holmes is a self-taught, neo-expressionist contemporary painter. His raw, energetic oeuvre addresses complex religious, political, and contemporary issues. The colourful passion of his canvases belies a very thoughtful symbolism and vulnerability. Born to a Sierra Leonean father and raised in an impoverished household in Southern Louisiana, Holmes’s paintings tell the story of contemporary life for many black families in the Deep South, celebrating family, ritual and tradition amid the everyday turmoil and scars of poverty and racism. Despite not having a formal art education - or perhaps because of it - Holmes’s work demonstrates an extraordinary ability to speak to the inequalities of life in a simple and powerful way.


    Represented by the Library Street Collective, Holmes’s work forms part of distinguished public collections including the Dallas Museum of Art.

    • Provenance

      Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner



signed and dated 'J Holmes 2020' on the reverse
acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
121.8 x 91.3 cm. (47 7/8 x 35 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2020.

Full Cataloguing

HK$300,000 - 500,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 21 June 2022