"Old Master Dialogues"

melvilleholmes@earthlink.net ● 509-838-6878 ● Spokane, WA

Artist, Craftsman, Scholar

Melville Holmes is a “progressive traditionalist,” using pictorial modes and painting methods derived from the Old Masters of the 15th-18th centuries. Since the early 1970s, his work has expanded into the field of art conservation and the scientific analysis of historic materials, with several published papers to his credit. He is available for painting commissions, fine art restoration (includes picture frame restoration and sometimes mirrors), and color, design and décor consultation (residential and business, interior and exterior). For more information, click on the “Services” tab above.

Old Master Dialogues: Sources, Methods, and Theory

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Study for The Three Holy Women at the Empty Tomb. Red, black, white chalk, with Bistre ink washes, 12.5 X 9″.

Melville Holmes’  exhibition of Old Master Dialogues: Sources, Methods, and Theory continues at Ballet Arts Academy of Spokane, 109 W Pacific Ave, Spokane, Washington. The addition of new themes and topics expands the ongoing dialogue.

The exhibition currently comprises drawings and watercolor studies along with finished oil paintings. Subjects include the human figure, anatomical and drapery studies, still life, architecture, and classical landscape idylls accompanied by commentary on the development of ideas and the method of indirect painting. Since 1972 Holmes has sought “to do new paintings like those of the Old Masters.”


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Classic Holmes Still Life from Melville Holmes on Vimeo.

Using techniques derived from his studies of the materials and methods of the Old Masters, artist Melville Holmes has painted richly luminous, contemplative still life paintings for many years.