James is a unique artist who for three decades has tirelessly explored the painterly mechanics of water as a primary medium in a studio and location based practice.
“In this new body of work", he says, "I present a gothic homage to the stained glass window from the 21st century. The stained glass windows have had their religious totems removed and replaced with organic abstractions as the icon of these religious mantles. Nature and science alone command such idolism, all other icons are false.”
'All Icons are False, are images of flowers underwater, but they look more like abstract stained-glass windows. The result is an acceptance of the contingent in sequence of semi-controlled accidents much as occurs in process based abstract painting like Richter’s, and with the characteristic attraction of being able to trace or at least speculate on what events have caused the particular outcome. James moves beyond the falsity of icons to propose the need for a spiritual renaissance with nature’ Words by Paul Carey-Kent (art critic).
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