Leon Holmes

Leon is an international award-winning plein air artist, lecturer and ambassador.

He paints from life on location, without the aid of photography, using his small studies as reference for larger studio works created in his home studio in Mandurah.

A professional artist since 2003, Leon paints outdoors in the old masters’ style of impressionistic realism.  He works in oil to quickly capture natural light and colour.

Born and raised in Perth, Leon’s career started with a wide range of artistic fields including Printmaking, Graphic Design, Art Direction, Illustration and Photography.

“Exploring the planet, a small box of paints, a few brushes and a rag, making marks with colour, seeing the beauty on offer…simply gratitude for life.”

As a feature artist at Plein Air Down Under 2020, Leon will conduct a one day ‘Plein Air for Beginners’ Workshop. 

Last year, Leon’s festival workshop sold out, so if you are relatively new to plein air painting, or need a refresher in the basics, this workshop on Friday 24 September is a must.

Leon travels regularly to exhibit and teach at events around the world.  Residing for a number of years in Europe has refined his skills and networking with other artists opened the doors to exhibit and teach alongside the elite of professional Plein Air Artists at invitational, international art events.

These events include the Maui Invitational Plein Air in Hawaii, Forgotten Coast Event in Florida, Art in the Open in Ireland and Katwijk and Noordwijk Plein Air festivals in Holland.

Leon is honoured to have one of his paintings hanging amongst Dutch masterpieces in the Katwjik Museum in Holland.

Leon Holmes painting in the Grand Canyon

View more of Leon’s work at: leonholmesart.com.au