Born in Chelsea, London, Fredrick Cecil David Holmes is a working painter, illustrator and designer with a creative career spanning six decades.

After training at Ealing Technical College & School of Art and The Central School of Art, David worked for some of the best known advertising agencies of their time, including Colman, Prentis & Varley and Mather & Crowther.  In 1977, he become a founding partner and creative director of Holmes Knight Ritchie.

David remained creative director of HKR as it evolved into TBWA HKR, leaving in 1992, and has since devoted his time to painting, illustration and design at his London studio.

During his advertising career, David was responsible for creating campaigns for a wide-range of famous names, but he is perhaps proudest of his fund-raising advertising for The Salvation Army that raised £1 million in 1967.

Since leaving advertising, David has illustrated stamps for the Royal Mail, (2010 Olympics), and worked for clients including Macallan, British Airways, Bentley Motors, Marks & Spencer, The Times and The Singapore Tourist Board.


If you would like to commission David Holmes, or buy his book, "A Brush with the Music of Time", (Best British Book BBD&PA 2017) or any of the limited addition prints or originals featured on this site, please call 020 7586 0363 or email davidcecilholmes@gmail.com