The Quicksilver Mine Co.
© Sonoma's Own
Dogonnit, Shit Happens
Paintings & Bronze Sculpture by John T. Holmes
October 2—November 15, 2009
The Quicksilver Mine Co. presents a one man exhibition of paintings and bronze sculpture—Dogonnit It, Shit Happens—by Penngrove artist John T. Holmes beginning October 2nd.
Captivating our attention, John Holmes' portraits of dogs dip below the surface. Familiar faces—not just canine faces, but upon closer examination we suddenly see artists—Andy (Warhol), (Francis) Bacon, Eudora (Welty), Georgia (O'Keeffe) and Chester (Arnold) on the walls in front of us. And his perceptively satirical cast bronze sculptures capture images of familiar objects frozen in time and unusual circumstances: Grecian Formula, Chanel, Flash Gordon, and Sweet Bambi to name a few.
After graduating from the Art Center College of Design in 1964, Holmes went to work doing TV commercials. This led to a career in commercial art, developing logo art for Wells Fargo Bank and in later years working with Andy Berliner to create a Sonoma County natural food company called Amy's Kitchen.
But, says the artist, "Dogonnit, shit happens!" Recognizing that "One puts food on the table, the other fills the soul," Holmes painted and made sculpture throughout his entire professional design career. During the last decade he has exhibited both paintings and sculpture at both the former A Street Gallery and the Sonoma Museum of Visual Art in Santa Rosa, as well as the College of Marin, and The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
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John Holmes' exhibition at Quicksilver, Dogonnit, Shit Happens, opens with an Artist Reception on Saturday October 3rd from 4—6pm. The Show continues in the Gallery through November 15th.