“My interest in making art is in creating work that explores our relationship with art itself.
As a result of studying photograph, and realising how images can be altered and manipulated in their conception (in-camera or post-production), Thurgood’s work investigates the viewer’s relationship with the artwork.
“My practise is primarily concerned with the image: I'm interested in exploring the building blocks of imagery that allow us to question our relationship with the image; how we analyse and understand it. For the past two years, I've been particularly focussed on exploring the notion of ‘beauty’ within images. This work explores the relationship between the subjective and the objective; how a personal judgement on art/imagery can be influenced by the objective cultural rhetoric.
Above all, although in direct partnership with the aforementioned focus - I strives to make work that deals with the explicitly human tendency to attribute meaning to images and objects in order to make sense of them.”
James Thurgood, 2014
Thurgood was born in London, where he continues to live and work. He graduated from the BA(Hons) Photography Programme at University College Falmouth in 2009. Thurgood has exhibited widely and was recently included in the prestigious exhibition ‘What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me’ at the Fine Art Society in London.