North Central College presents exhibit by realist painter Larry Holmes

Oct 30, 2012

Representational paintings by artist Larry Holmes will be featured in an exhibit “Hear No Evil” at North Central College.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from Nov. 11 through Jan. 10 in the College’s Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St.

Holmes of Oxford, Penn., will exhibit realistic paintings that attempt to explore man’s place in the animal world and raise questions about the relationship between the two worlds. “The concerns in my work range from the formal to the fanciful with certain other issues between these extremes,” Holmes says.

“In the pro¬cess of juggling the range of ideas, my way of thinking about the images and pictorial devices that are employed has come to be largely about the psychology of what is depicted and the subsequent gaps this leaves for the viewer to fill. Ultimately, the paintings are intended to leave the audience amused or bemused (sometimes both) and to provide those experiences through what seem to be familiar genres, but are less so than what initial impressions might indicate.”

Holmes is professor emeritus of art at the University of Delaware. He holds a bachelor of fine arts and master’s degree from Pittsburg State University, Kan. He received his second master of fine arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Mich.

During his extensive career as artist and art professor, Holmes has held a number of solo and group exhibitions throughout the country. His paintings are exhibited in public and private collections in Italy and the United States, including the Fremantle Foundation for Foreign Artists in Tuscany, Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in New Castle, Penn., and McDonald’s Corporation art collection in Oak Brook, Ill.

For gallery hours or to learn more about the exhibit, contact Nickole C. Lanham, North Central’s gallery director, at 630-637-5375 or

Art, art history and art education are among more than 55 undergraduate majors offered at North Central College.

Navistar is underwriting sponsor of North Central College’s 2012-2013 Fine and Performing Arts Season. The season is partially supported by USG Corporation and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.