Using objects appropriated from cartoons as a starting point, Vincent James makes work across a range of media including painting, sculpture, installation and animation. In this work props dislocated from different animated worlds collide to form absurd and whimsical assemblages.
The focus of this exhibition for The Lowry Hotel is a series of new two-dimensional works that combine adhesive vinyl and acrylic paint on plywood. The elements of bold outline and un-modulated colour in these pieces echo the visual language of comic books and animation.
James' sampling of popular culture and removal of objects from their original context links his work to American pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg. With this work James creates a land of stuff and nonsense using the flotsam and jetsam of cartoon worlds.
The show also includes a site-specific wall drawing, which James will gradually colour as the exhibition continues.
Since completing an MA at Goldsmiths in 1999 Vincent James has shown both nationally and internationally including exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Pad Gallery, Preston and Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale and work in the group show Art and Illusion at Susquehanna Art Museum, Pennsylvania.
His work is also part of the Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation Collection in California.
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