15/10/2021 - 28/10/2021
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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‘Interrupted Recordings and Other Paintings’

‘James’ abstract pieces are rich in colour, and bold in dynamics. He is an artist that is never afraid to experiment, never afraid to move out of the comfort zone’ (John Hopper, Inspirational magazine, 2020).

This is my first solo exhibition of my paintings in London. The title refers to my painting series ‘Interrupted Recordings’ which started an epic new painting journey that I have been on since last year when I started to paint again after many years. Although I have been painting on and off for about 20 years, maybe this is one good thing to emerge out of last year’s lock-down restrictions. Using combs to apply paint to a surface, creating what appears like grooves in a record, reminded me of vinyl records and how any movement near the record player or a scratch made the needle jump. Thus, interrupting the song that was playing. This in turn reminded me of my teenage years listening to vinyl records in my bedroom where stepping on the floor made the needle jump. A little happy memory.

Interrupted Recordings and all the other paintings on show in this exhibition use a lot of vibrant colours which I use simply because I see them as positive and being able to bring about positivity when looking at the painting. My main aim is to create something that can bring a little cheer to the person looking at it. Something someone can enjoy looking at every day, something that can be looked at and could ignite a little happy memory in their mind. Not necessarily a memory of the painting but a memory that makes them do a little smile to themselves.

Painting intrigues me because of how the paint can be easily manipulated to produce a perfect picture or even an imperfect picture if you wish. Painting is about closing off from whatever else is happening and just focusing on that one thing for a while, a relaxation or de-stress. It’s also exciting as I don’t know how it’s going to turn out.



The Artist

I am a UK based fine art painter currently living in south London. In April 2020 my painting ‘Interrupted Recording’ (1) (2020) was selected to feature as Artist of the Day by AIR gallery, Manchester. I was a featured artist in a 2020 issue of Inspirational Magazine edited by John Hopper. The feature included an interview between myself and John and a selection of my paintings. I was part of Sydenham Arts Trail in 2020 and exhibited their virtual gallery in June 2020.

You can read the full interview here: inspirational magazine article

Instagram: @jamesalexart



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