The Gallery’s Mission
Frederick Holmes and Company - Gallery of Contemporary Art is a bit different from many Seattle galleries, which show predominantly regional or local artists.
Comprising two floors, our mission is to introduce emerging Contemporary artists of national/international prominence, working in a variety of mediums and genres, never shown in Seattle before, to the evolving Pacific Northwest art market. Since it's opening, the gallery has hosted numerous solo exhibitions by artists from Miami, New York, London, as well as Portland and Seattle; plus several group exhibitions of International Contemporary and Historic Modern.
The Gallery regularly exhibits original prints by late 19th/20th c. Modern Masters, including Renoir, Whistler, Lautrec, Miro and Chagall.
We're also the proud gallery representative of the estate of seminal American Modernist, Walter Quirt (1902-1968), exhibiting his original paintings and works on paper from 1939-1962. Walter Quirt’s work is found in over 25 permanent public collections including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NYC; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; and the deYoung Museum, San Francisco.
FH&Co has an active social-media presence on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and a bi-weekly e-mail Gallery Newsletter; and enthusiastically participates in the First Thursday Art Walk.
Meet The Owner
“My philosophy as a Gallery Dealer is first to represent those career contemporary artists whose work possesses “both skill and imagination in equal measure”. Secondly, it must possess a narrative, some psychological or intellectual “heft” while remaining accessible to the collector – novice or experienced. Finally, while retaining this subtext, the work must aesthetically provoke or seduce the eye. I’m not interested in a pile of bricks dropped in the corner of a room nor an artist’s momentary celebrity; only their creative integrity.
From the experienced collector to the collecting novice, my goal is to educate, nurture, and encourage, in a pleasant and open exchange, the acquisition of compelling artwork, from the emerging to the established, that satisfies the intellectual, financial, emotional, and visual values, of the individual. Education engenders confidence in the collector. The confident, educated collector makes better choices and ultimately is a more sophisticated and fulfilled collector. There’s so much we gain about the world and about ourselves through collecting Art.”
Frederick Holmes has been in the art business for over 30 years, as Director/Partner in a contemporary gallery in Carmel, CA from 1982-1995, Director of a contemporary gallery in Hong Kong in the mid-90’s, and a national representative for the late American sculptor, Frederick Hart (1943-1999) until 2009.
In 2010, he accepted a position as a fine arts consultant with the highly respected Weinstein Collection in San Francisco. When Weinstein became a private dealer, Frederick took the opportunity to move to Seattle, opening the gallery in June 2013; becoming one of the first new businesses that have become the face of the upscale "renaissance" of Pioneer Square.
He's attended and exhibited at art fairs in NYC, Miami, San Francisco, LA, etc; lectured at several public institutions, and is well versed on the emerging Contemporary market, history of Modern, international auctions, and developing trends.
The Gallery’s mission is to draw from the accumulation of his extensive experience and focus it into a gallery that reflects a developed "eye", the value we place on art and its role in our lives, in conjunction with the values and increasing sophistication of a world-class city and its visitors: Seattle.