The inspiration for many of James’ works is taken from a long artistic tradition of momento mori, highlighting the temporality and fragility of life for each of us. This is particularly evident in his Vanitas series directly influenced by the 17th century Dutch masters, and their way to express the inevitability of death in all things living.
Revisiting the works of the 17th century Dutch Masters using period props, food and real insects including butterflies that he breeds himself. Each carefully staged underwater scene is created with subtle distortions of light & movement from the waters own wave energy to create a unique and painterly effect. The subjects appear as if to be floating in a black space that neither interferes nor disrupts the subject matter, the collaboration within this void offering a serene and dreamlike sensation.
The underlying message in these works have been the focus of James’ artistic output for almost a decade and his various explorations of this subject-matter will converge in this exhibition. 'Intersection' will bring works from the scientifically conceived 'Glass' series to new pieces from his signature 'Swarm' series; both of which are deeply embedded in this new body of work. 'Intersection' will bring together bodies of work that over the years have developed their own life, here all these threads will meet at one common point; "an intersection of event, form and light".
With its sleeping wild animals, period objects, decaying fruit, cut flowers and precious objects illustrating the transience of life and earthly pleasures. The subtle yet pervading presence of water in these works symbolises the power that water has both to give life and to take it away. Also serving precisely as the functional device through which he achieves the mesmerizing painterly effect of his artworks.