James studied at the University of the West of England (UWE) from 2003 – 2006. Since then he has travelled to various countries around the world doing mostly private commissions. He now lives and paints in Bristol.
'My work evolves from an interest in people, and a basic need to capture an expression at a given moment. I use old photographs of people in everyday life, and the people i see around me. Aiming to depict a vunerability, or melancholy, these paintings often take on an ethereal quality. Although each painting starts from an image, the relationship between the marks takes over from the original photo, which is then rarely referenced again during the painting process. I use gestural mark-making, manouvering the paint with different tools to manipulate the surface, creating definition and texture; pushing and pulling different features to the forefront of the painting to obtain balance.'
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