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Last updated 24th March 2023


Dr Dale Holmes is an artist researcher and Senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield. he is module leader for final year modules, strand lead for final year contemporary art and CA&I alongside supervising research at Masters and Doctoral level.

Dale Holmes is a painterwho makes paintings that are pictures and pictures that are paintings. He refers to this as Painting Pleasure-Humour and searches for it somewhere along the objective/non-objective seam-split. Currently he is absorbed into the thicknesses of painting, the thickness of things,ontological thickness, flexibilities of interpretation and viscosities of relations, the material thicknesses of surface encounter, of concentrations and densities, but equally stupidities and dullness. 

He has been a practicing artist since 1999 and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally both as Dale Holmes and as part of the collective research project Material Conjectures. He received his PhD from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 for a body of research titled Abstract Realism. He is a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and has taught at Sheffield Hallam University, Goldsmiths College and Wimbledon School of Art.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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  • Carl Einstein' work and biography
  • Painting beyond medium specificity or, the provisional condition of contemporary painting
  • Collaborations and Collectives or, Adhocism as practical philosophy
  • Collisionary Aesthetics or, painting as barriers, borders and barricades
  • Staging Artworks or,exhibition craft and non-relational practice


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