Tim Holmesis creating sculpture, "Metaphysical Maps", paintings, drawings, etc.
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Each image is accompanied by an artist's statement that touches on its creation and history. Then I always ask a specific question of the viewer to encourage your deeper engagement with the art (to which I encourage replies, please!) While in-depth descriptions of some series are available on my website, only here is each image specifically addressed.
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I've had a good long career exhibiting art around the US, Europe and Africa, working on international outreach projects, most notably being the first American to be invited to exhibit solo in Russia's Hermitage Museum, where my sculptures remain in the permanent collection. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Vaclav Havel, and Coretta Scott King are some notable collectors of my art.
I've created many international projects such as the "U.N. Millennium Peace Prize for Women" and other peace awards. I worked with Archbishop Tutu in efforts to create an international peace center on Robben Island, the gulag where President Nelson Mandela and thousands of others were imprisoned during the dark apartheid years and on South Africa's bid for the Olympics. Though I'm most well known for sculpture I've worked in a variety of other media from museum installation to film to foster a rich and imaginative future. As my attention has steadily drifted from making objects toward creating stories of transformation, leaving me tinkering with cultural elements that can hardly be called "art". I'm keenly interested in fostering creative approaches to contemporary problems, particularly among growing social challenges of living together in a rapidly shrinking world.
I'm a figurative sculptor for whom the human form is not simply bounded by the skin. My abiding interest is in sculpting whatever subject engages me, whether that be a chunk of metal, an idea or a community. I advocate for preserving rich and vulnerable human qualities amidst the tsunami of expanding technology we all experience, hoping to move the evolution of humanity toward a more responsive and sustainable world.
I see myself as an artist/philosopher laboring in the deep mines of imagination. One of my roles as an artist is to encourage new ways of seeing. Art has the unique capacity to make people come alive from the inside, allowing new approaches and attitudes to emerge. I'm keenly interested in expanding human imagination with the aim of fostering creative approaches to contemporary problems, particularly as we meet new and growing social challenges of living together in a rapidly shrinking world. I feel that if the human species favors our imaginative and creative capacities as we face tragic world crises we can cultivate a rich world to enjoy. I believe that art will help save the world from ourselves.
My interest is in using art to move the evolution of humanity forward into an increasingly responsive, inclusive and sustainable culture. As globalization flattens peoples into capitalist monoculture I hope to use my art to celebrate historical cultural differences and imagine how we can co-create a rich future together. Recently I've turned my attention to creating films and workshops for engaging communities directly through cultural transformation. If the human species favors our imaginative capacities we can cultivate a rich world to enjoy. Areas of conflict or tension are particularly ripe for the kind of transformative power that art uniquely carries.
My work is usually layered with meaning, often carrying several meanings at once, begging the viewer to spend time with the works to cajole and romance their secrets. I welcome you and look forward to sharing. And, hey, THANK YOU so much for supporting me in this way!
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