Tim Holmes, artist-philosopher

Tim Holmes  is the first American artist ever invited to exhibit solo at the world's largest art museum, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, where his sculptures remain on permanent exhibit. He has created sculpture for some of the world's peacemaking organizations from the United Nations to the Chinese dissident students of Tiananmen Square. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Jimmy Carter, President Vaclav Havel, and Coretta Scott King are among Holmes' best-known collectors.

Though Holmes is known for his sculpture internationally, he sometimes works in other media and often uses his art outside of the art world. His award-winning series of short films, called the Body Psalms project, reflects his fascination with the sacred body with films illuminated with scriptures from various religions in a kind of sculptural poetry. These films question the inevitable devaluation of the body in capitalist culture and have appeared at special screenings– frequently in educational settings– in the US and Europe.

Holmes's work primarily focuses on the struggle for freedom, horror at inner and outer evils, the ferocity of hopelessness and the tenderness of love. He believes that art is the medicine that will help heal the world in ways impossible through any other human activity.



Timeless art for troubled times


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