A Booming Presence Amongst the Crowd

It was good to see Milton amongst us this weekend. He is a wonderful artist that is definitely worth meeting if you don’t already know him. catch him on facebook or read his bio.

I look forward to his work bringing a great energy to my home. He is a phenomenal drawer and his use ofcontrast is butter to my eyes.

More about Milton Holmes written by him:

My name is Milton Holmes, Jr. (Hussein). I am 62 years of age.  I am the father of four (three sons, one daughter), and the grandfather of nine (six girls, three boys).  I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO., where I attended public school through high school (Soldan alumnus).  I studied fine art at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH., graphic art at Forest Park Community College, St. Louis, MO., and fine art at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Mo., where I had a split major (painting/printmaking).

To their dismay (they wanted me to be a doctor or a lawyer), I professed a love of drawing and my intention of becoming an artist to my parents at age five.  I have worked at achieving that goal since that time.  It has been difficult.  Through bad judgement, bad timing and bad luck, I’ve had only three jobs as a full-time artist, none of which lasted more than a couple of months.

Yet, the desire to create quality art has burned within me throughout my life and continues to burn, as brightly and fiercely as ever.

I am proficient with oils, acrylics, water colors, pastels, charcoal and graphite.  But my favorite medium is pen and ink, and for the last fifteen years or so, I’ve concentrated almost exclusively on that work.

As an artist, I see myself as a storyteller, relating the stories of people, places, and moments in time that are the subjects of my work.  Although I don’t relegate my work to any one subject, culture or ethnic group, the great bulk of my work has told the stories of African-Americans.  I am African-

American and I believe strongly that for centuries, we have made positive contributions to the world in the fields of math, science, “the arts” (painting,sculpture, literature, music, dance, drama, photography et al), and sports, much of which has been overlooked or ignored.  It is important to me that we tell as many of our stories as is possible.

visit him at:

We Are Not Saved

Pen & Ink Drawing

*The featured drawing is titled We Are Not Saved.

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