Clyde Holmes

Here for most of the time
Driving is driving.
Not a way to whittle distance.
You can let your car
Off the lead for hundreds
Of miles on these unwinding roads.

Finlandia | Clyde Holmes 2005

Watermarks | Finnish connections

'Watermarks' examines the bond between sky and water; at times the two elements merge as one, on other occasions their colours and forms reflect and imitate. Clyde Holmes’ style of landscape paintings focuses on the qualities of light and darkness and the relationship between sky and land; the traditional landscape view is sometimes cropped and aspects zoomed in on to explore their abstract potential. "The clouds in the lakes are like icebergs – they have an icebergish shape and quality as if changing from cloud to ice in the water. The other curious aspect is the cubistic shapes the cloud reflections take on.” (from C. Holmes’s Finland journal) Getting an understanding of the cloud formations – they come and go in a completely different way to Wales – a thin bank of cloud will build and then just melt away or break up into pieces rather like a jigsaw with the pale blue in between. This gives the unique quality of cloud formations in the water and also the distinctive style of Kallela’s late paintings. He just painted what he saw here with his heightened awareness of patterns on the surface.” (C. Holmes reflecting on the work of Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela)
Watermarks introduced by Estelle Morris

BBC Radio Wales 'Arts Show'

Interview with Clyde Holmes, 09.03.07
Due to Clyde's untimely death, Watermarks did not make it to Finland. We are hoping to organise a show there, so that the tour can be completed.