Location: Devon & Cornwall
Danny Holmes-Adams has been painting the English Landscapes of Dartmoor for the last twenty years. Up on the moors he can be seen either trudging along with his canvas resembling a sail, or set up, guy ropes holding his picture in place on his easel. When painting Danny becomes so engrossed in the moment and his surroundings that he often comes to when the light fades with his paint smudged battered waxed jacket soaked through.
In recent years Holmes-Adams has made work In Cornwall on the Roseland Peninsula as part of an artists’ colony run by Chris Insoll. Working in the Portscatho studio above the New Gallery or in the surrounding areas. He loves the particular light in Cornwall and the great rich tradition that place has in British art.
Danny’s open-air paintings show nature in her wildness; these are not chocolate-box images. Looking at these paintings gives the viewer the same sense of soul recharging that you feel when you are by a river or stargazing. His paintings capture the intangible otherness and unruliness of the moors, carved river valleys and estuaries, The coast and night skies in the lasting medium of oil paint. They focus on an idea; sometimes as simple as the excitement at a single colour or revelry at the flesh or texture of food. It is the choice of object and the way in which they are looked at both by the artist and the audience that makes them living pictures.
There is a mastery of colour and sensitivity of drawing that gives a sense of celebration to the paintings. He is actively exploring the relationship between paint and light.