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Jammie Holmes | Thibodaux, LA, 1984


Jammies Holmes is known for paintings that portray intimate and poignant scenes of distinctly American communities, families, and traditions. Throughout his practice, Holmes draws heavily on his own recollections to depict the stories and experiences of Black life in the deep American South, capturing moments of celebration and struggle. The artist, who works intuitively and without formal artistic training, creates expressive tableaux that incorporate portraiture, symbols, text, and objects to reveal universal truths through personal narratives.
Holmes is a self-taught painter. Following his graduation from high school, he spent more than a decade working in an oil field. He relocated to Dallas in 2016. His first solo museum exhibitions, Jammie Holmes: Make the Revolution Irresistible, opens at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX in 2023. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; the Dallas Museum of Art, TX; and Dallas Contemporary, TX. His work is also included in the permanent collections of the Aïshti Foundation, Jal El Dib, Lebanon; the Brooklyn Museum, NY; the Dallas Museum of Art, TX; the Hammer Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles; ICA Miami, FL; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC; the New Orleans Museum of Art, LA;, X Museum, Beijing, China; and the Xiao Museum of Contemporary Art, Rizhao, China.


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