Jammie Holmes is a self-taught painter from Thibodaux, Louisiana, whose work tells the story of contemporary life for many black families in the Deep South. Through portraiture and tableaux, Holmes depicts stories of the celebrations and struggles of everyday life, with particular attention paid to a profound sense of place. Growing up 20 minutes from the Mississippi River, Holmes was surrounded by the social and economic consequences of America’s dark past, situated within a deep pocket of the Sun Belt, where reminders of slavery exist alongside labor union conflicts that have fluctuated in intensity since the Thibodaux Massacre of 1887. His work is a counterpoint to the romantic mythology of Louisiana as a hub of charming hospitality, an idea that has perpetuated in order to hide the deep scars of poverty and racism that have structured life in the state for centuries.

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Jammie Holmes

Carrying Caskets #3, 2021
Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
79h x 130w in

I call it sound checking my art. Sometimes if you look at the work long enough, your brain is going to bring up a memory. I like to listen for those moments to make sure it’s complete.

— JAMMIE HOLMES

Selected Work

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Jammie Holmes

Four Brown Chairs, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
80h x 128w in

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Jammie Holmes

I've Seen It All (Distressed), 2021
Hand Embroidered Appliqué on Linen with two custom-made ‘HOLMES 2020’ brass eyelets. Signed by the artist.
33h x 62w in

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Jammie Holmes

Tired, 2020
Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
80h x 128w in

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