art portfolios

artist biography

Craig Holmes born in Brisbane, Australia, 1956. Began work in the newspaper industry in 1972. Opening an advertising and commercial studio in the early 1980’s, his successful career in photography lead him to winning many national awards including the AIPP Kodak Australian Professional Photographer of the Year 1993. Other awards included Bulletin Mumm Photographic Award in 1989 and 1990 and the Australian Ballantines Finest International Award 1992.

He started shooting the first of his self-commissioned social documentaries in 1972, documenting Indigenous Australians and many other subjects including Ashtons Circus series, Water Line and Wildside.  Some of his images were described by Sandra Byron, formally Curator of Photography, Art Gallery of NSW, as The photographer’s involvement in producing these striking photographs seems at once removed and yet totally involved as he captured scenes that were both ordinary and extraordinary; real and abstract.”

works held in collection

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Photographers Gallery, London
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
National Gallery of Victora Arts, Melbourne
Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

one-person exhibitions

Water Line, The University Of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, 2008
Of Caravans and Canvas, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, 1992
Kowanyama Warriors, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne, 1991
Ashton’s Circus, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, 1990
Insights, Imagery Gallery, Brisbane, 1988

group exhibitions

Of Caravans and Canvas, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, 2018
The Body’s Terrain, Benalla Art Gallery, 2017
Flash, National Gallery of Victoria, 2014
MGA Collection: Holding on, letting go, Monash Gallery of Art 2008
Photographs from the MGA Collection, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, 2006
Images of Australian Men, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, 2002
Watermarks: Adventure, Sport & Play, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, 2001
Waterproof, Lisbon World Exposition, Lisbon, 1998
The Power to Move, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1996
Face Value, Waverley City Gallery, 1996
Who’s That Girl, Waverley City Gallery, 1995

awards include

AIPP Kodak Australian Professional Photographer of the Year 1993
Ballantine’s Finest International Photography Award 1992
Bulletin Mumm Cordon Rouge Photographic Award Winner 1989 & 1990