has spent years exploring the human figure in a variety of materials from
plastics to marble: clay, cast concrete, plaster, fiberglass, and bronze. Marble
is his preferred choice of material.
“The figure looks its best in marble! No other material retains the sensuality, and the planned foresight required by a sculptor to make a work of art that has so much tradition and cultural value that engages the human form.”
Holmes’ sculptures are carved portions of nude figures
highlighting a torso, a back or a bust. He also sculpts full figures. Distinctive
to his work is his retention of the original marble surface together with
some saw marks and other working traces which impart a contrapuntal focus
and add interest and depth to
He is able to sketch his figure into the block of marble with uncanny accuracy. The results are precise and graphic with attention to minute details. His latest trend is to provide subtle integral coloration to the statue through techniques he is still developing.
The marble he uses for the sculptures is from Marble, Colorado. It is white and has a uniform, small crystal structure. Colorado marble has been used extensively for buildings and monuments in Washington D.C., Denver and other cities. It is currently being used nationally and internationally on a limited basis.