︎ artist ︎ painter ︎ adman ︎ director  ︎ writer  ︎ bon vivant  ︎ enfant terrible ︎ designer ︎ provocateur  ︎  creative director ︎ artist ︎ painter ︎ adman ︎ director  ︎  writer  ︎  bon vivant  ︎ actor ︎ voice over ︎ producer  ︎  creator

Gary Holme grew up in Detroit, where he learned to draw, paint and create.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and started his career in Advertisng and Design while continuing to create art, making drawings, illustrations, paintings, posters, and other personal art projects.

From dozens of political drawings for the now defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner, to designing magazines in Toronto, Holme has seen everythinbg in his career, as one big ongoing creative art opportunity.

In advertising, he has been an art director, creative director, and executive creative director for some of the world's best ad agencies, including Chiat/Day, SapientNitro, FCB, Publicis, Y&R and J. Walter Thompson, as well as smaller boutiques like Wolf Toronto, and Sensis LA.

As an accomplished artist and published illustrator, Holme has spent his career weaving creativity with commercial success on numerous award-winning brands and projects, while alkso continuing to create art with no commercial or advertising purpose.

Gary Holme is currently Director of Art at Mass Minority Toronto, and BAM®Analytix as he has been the last 7 years.

Gary Holme has been called many things ~ artist, painter, cartoonist, illustrator, writer and provocateur.

But the one thing he’s never been called, is dull.

March 2017-Current
Director of Art, Mass Minority, & BAM Analytix, Toronto

May 2015-October 2016
SVP, Creative Director, McCannDetroit, Detroit

September 2014-May 2015 Freelance Creative Director, Various Agencies including Sensis, Los Angeles, California

May 2014-September 2014 Creative Director, Art Director, Artist, Storyteller, Narrator, Executive Producer, and RV Driver on “Going Holme”, a documentary film

April 2012-March 2014 Partner, Executive Creative Director and Chief Creative Officer, Dorsey | Holme Experience, Toronto 

September 2011-February 2012 Freelance Art Director, Creative Director, Various Agencies, Toronto

September 2010-July 2011
Co-Executive Creative Director, SapientNitro, Toronto

September 2005-July 2010 
Group Creative Director, Publicis Canada, Toronto

May 2002-August 2005 Creative Director, Young & Rubicam, Toronto

January 2000-April 2002 Executive Creative Director, Wolf Group, Toronto

March 1998-January 2000 Creative Director, Harrod&Mirlin/FCB Canada

March 1994-February 1998 Associate Creative Director, TBWA Chiat/Day, Toronto

September 1990-February 1994 Art Director, JWT Canada, Toronto

September 1983- June 1990 Art Director then Creative Director, JWT Recruitment, Los Angeles

And before all of that, I did tons of jobs, was even a member of The Seafarer’s International Union for two years and worked as a waiter at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA. 

But what has sustained me and inspired me my whole life, no matter where I worked, is the art.