Brent Holmes

Title: Jones Ranch Egypt

The cowboy myth as it exists in the larger cultural context is an isolated, individualist, white supremacist mythology via manifest destiny. The true history of settler expansion is multi-ethnic and multi-gendered. My work is a reclamation of that identity. I reimagine a West where African traditions were not lost in the transatlantic slave trade. I envision an alternate and inclusive history using fantastical and re-appropriated imagery.

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Creative Experience

My works are simply the afterbirth and remnants from the act of creativity. the act itself is the actual art artist only makes art in the doing. The works I create are simply echoes of the process. I am embarked on a journey dissecting the American mythic figure of “the Cowboy.” I study this American mythos and icon through the lens of African American identity, the lived Black experience, and presence of the Black body in the context of landscape.

Biography and links

Brent Holmes is an artist, curator, and cultural animator. Holmes utilizes art and the written word to generate narratives centered around African American history, and brilliance. Holmes has exhibited his at Light & Space Contemporary (Manila, Philippines), the Markeaton street gallery in Derby England, The Momentary art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, the Torrance Art Museum in California, the Nevada Museum of Art Reno, and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. Holmes has won accolades for his writing and art criticism for. He is the host of Neon Hum Medias’ Spectacle: Las Vegas a twelve part series on the city’s history as a representation of American cultural values. His cinematic work has been featured in the London Biennial Las Vegas and at the Momentary Museum.


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