Many Norwich fans how follow social media will be familiar with the work of Minimalist Artist and Norwich fan Jack Holmes. His work has earned him praise from City players such as Elliott Bennett and Nathan Redmond. I caught up with him to discuss his art, and Norwich’s season in this interview.
Jacob Sinkins: How did you get into minimalist drawing?
Jack Holmes: I first started after the play-off final, which as you can imagine was pretty good inspiration, I’d noticed the style of design from something I saw on holiday, and thought I would have a go at producing some work of my own. I started off with several photos from the play-off final, but my first drawing was Bradley Johnson’s goal vs Ipswich.
JS: You’ve had a lot of social media interaction with footballers thanks to your art, which would you say has been the best one?
JH: The best probably has to be Cameron Jerome following me on Twitter after my drawing of his ‘Salute’ celebration vs Ipswich, but Redmond would follow closely as he is using one of my designs as his Twitter header.
JS: How long have you supported Norwich?
JH: Almost literally since I was born, I attended my first game at Carrow Road when I was about 3 months old, and have been a season ticket holder in the Barclay for the past five six years now.
JS: How do you think Norwich can perform this season?
JH: Before the Newcastle game, I had thought that we would escape relegation comfortably, but obvious the past two games have changed that, and if Neil doesn’t change something in the next few games I think we’ll find it hard not get dragged into a scrappy relegation battle, but I think we have a good squad, and a great manager, that should keep us safe.
JS: Who would you say was at fault for Norwich’s poor transfer business this year?
JH: I don’t think I really know enough to say, we can see now that we needed to sign a centre-back, and probably a Right-back, and we know that Neil was interested in the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly and Nicolas Nkoulou, (and even Virgil Van Dijk) but nothing happened, and I think Neil has to take a part of the blame for the lack of activity on that front, but anything could’ve happened behind the scenes that we don’t know. I think in most cases, money was the problem, and we weren’t prepared to spend big.
JS: Who has been Norwich’s best player this season?
JH: So far, it’s got to be Wes Hoolahan, topping the ranking for assists in Europe, and still in the top 3 (I think), he’s been a gamechanger for us, especially vs Bournemouth, I think he has a lot he can do for us this season, and with the likes of Redmond, Brady, Jarvis, Mbokani, Jerome around him, he can create the chances we need to win games.
JS: And finally, predictions for the Everton match on Tuesday
JH: Tough one to call in my eyes, I would hope that Everton will underestimate us, put out a weaker side, and we can capitalise, but unfortunately I think Everton will be wanting to win, and being realistic a 2-1 loss would be a likely result.