London-based artist Dominique Holmes draws upon her studies in Classics, Art History, and Fine Art, alongside her practise as a tattooer and artist to create artworks which explore concepts of urban spirituality in today’s society, and the intrigue and obsession in the modern age with mythology, superstition and symbology. She works solely by hand, using traditional techniques of pen and ink drawing and a focus on creating shape and texture with line, shunning technology in favour of craft in order to connect with her art in a physical sense. She has exhibited in galleries including Stolen Space, The Brick Lane Gallery and Atomica Gallery in London, and her work has featured in group exhibitions in the US, Paris and Australia. She is currently collaborating with Sculptor and 3D specialist K-Tee on a new artistic venture launching late 2018.
Dominique began tattooing in 2002 whilst studying Art and Design. She went on to build her experience at studios in Manchester, Brighton and Kent, before joining The Family Business Tattoo in London in 2007. In early 2015, Dominique opened The Black Lotus Studio; an exclusive, private tattoo and art space in East London.
She has built up a diverse portfolio of design commissions and collaborations, working with a range of companies including Levi’s, Benson and Hedges, Snog, Bill Amberg and Penguin Books, and collaborates regularly with brands including Diesel, Black Pearl and Sauvelle Vodka.
Dominique’s first book “The Painted Lady”, an exploration and insight into tattooing and tattoos for women, based on her own experiences throughout her time in the tattoo industry, was published in 2013 by Ryland, Peters and Small. She is currently working on her second book and regularly consults on articles and speaks on panels and at events across the UK on the topic of Women in Tattooing.