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 oil paints, with 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 working on “Geometry in Nature” - a series of paintings exploring symmetry and pattern as an organic phenomenon, which will be ready to exhibit in 2020.
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. Her expertise in tattooing has seen her regularly contributing to, and consulting on articles and she speaks regularly on the topic, notably at The London Tattoo Convention, and at The Radcliffe Institute at Harvard where she gave a talk entitled “Tattoos as an Expression of Gender Identity”.
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 with photographer Leonora Saunders, which continues her research into tattoos and gender.
Dominique has built up a diverse portfolio of design commissions and collaborations, working with a range of companies including Bulleit, Levi’s, Benson and Hedges, Snog, Bill Amberg and Penguin Books, and collaborates regularly with brands including Diesel, Black Pearl and Sauvelle Vodka.