Adrian Holmes - Listening to Steve Reich before becoming a Dad

This small series of woodblock prints were made in response to American composer Steve Reich’s musical compositions. The premise of the work has been focused on ideas of spontaneity improvisation, responsibility, and parenthood.  

Each composition has influenced the creative decisions of the print, allowing for unpredicted and expresses freedoms sometimes hindered by traditional approaches to printmaking.

In this tongue and cheek titled body of work Adrian invites you to ponder the ideas of spontaneity and improvisation and how you may invite them into your everyday lives.


Adrian Holmes (b.1982) is a printmaker devoted to Japanese printmaking and Sosaku Hanga. He graduated from the University of Plymouth with a degree in Visual Arts. He fell in love with woodblock Japanese printmaking whilst living in Japan and he began to study the craft and its techniques.

Both self-taught and working alongside Japanese woodblock artisans exploring the capabilities of the printing process, Adrian divides his time between his woodblock practice and teaching woodblock printmaking In the southwest.

Adrian is based at Krowji studios in Cornwall and teaches Japanese woodblock printmaking at both St Ives School of Painting and the West dean College of Arts