After completing a physics degree, Paul Holmes spent two decades as a director in film and television before redirecting his practice towards visual art.
Paul’s practice focuses on the gestures and actions of the human body. Pared-down and isolated, frequently viewed in close-up and robbed of their context, these simple movements and expressions carry meanings that go unseen in standard spatial and temporal frames.
Often taking his own face and body as the model, Paul uses still images, light, film, graphics and sound to renegotiate our understanding of modes of expression and viewing, of narrative and performance.
His work eschews narrative, rather shifting and altering shape in time in a way that suggests a temporal sculpture. These works are installed sculpturally too, using the display equipment: monitors, projectors, and audio speakers, to create the appearance of three dimensional artefacts within space.
Paul joined Edinburgh Napier in 2006 as film directing tutor and subsequently ran three post-graduate programmes in the moving image, at the same time as developing numerous international collaborations.
Paul now heads up overseas partnerships for the School of Arts and Creative Industries.