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James Hunter

Elegantissima, 2014


58(w) x 79(h) cm
22.83(w) x 31.10(h) inches
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9 colour screenprint with varnish 410gsm Somerset Satin with hand torn edge

Edition of 50
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£ 550.00
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James Hunter Biography

James Hunter’s recent series of abstract works share attributes with the genera 'surrealist automatism', in that they have no conscious compositional or pictorial outcome. Painting with enamel and acrylic, each contribution to the canvas informs the next, giving a sense of growth and expansion from an undefinable core. Hunter states that this group of paintings were born out of the need for a ‘lack of process’ - “I try to empty my mind. I don't want to know what's going to happen on the canvas. I start somewhere, then every subsequent mark is a response to what I see.”

This freedom of process is tempered with purposeful confident mark making and a clean graphic aesthetic. In pleasant opposition to the chaos of the image his works are presented in a uniform format, using the same colour palette, canvases of exactly the same size and the same portrait orientation. By first giving himself the parameters of his tools he is then able to enjoy the unexpected outcomes of working instinctively.

The result of his honest and playful journey are cumulonimbus of colour from which an infinite number of recognisable forms emerge. Panting dogs, computer game characters and fractured faces can be constructed from the jigsaw like components. The accents and highlights in works such as Fiesta Gitana give a sense of movement, as if they were shaking or dancing. Jackanapes, an old word meaning a cheeky impertinent person or a tame monkey, seems to live up to its title vibrating with giddy energy. The use of block of colour to segregating the canvas in works such as City of Haarlem and Ostara create a fictional coastline or municipal border on which lay what look like Dr Seuss landscapes meets google map cities. The entertaining joyful nature of these pieces coupled with their high quality finish, perfectly displayed in identical box frames which he prepares and finishes himself, illustrate why this young and exacting artist will continue to be well received.

Born in Preston, Lancashire in 1987, where he now resides, Hunter studied BA (hons) in Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University where he made painting and performance work collaboratively with his twin brother Anthony, achieving 1st class honours. He was then employed by Damian Hirst both as a performance artist and as a fabricator. He continues to explore his painting which has been shown internationally including New York City, Stockholm, Singapore and London.


Read our article on James Hunter and 'Investing in Art' here
 
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November 11th 2016
James Hunter’s work falls into the genre of ‘automotive painting’, a practice first used by Surrealist artists and poets to express the creative force of the Unconscious in art. His paintings are honest and playful journeys of mark-making across canvas or aluminum, without the presence of pre-conceived forms and thought processes.
November 1st 2013
When we first introduced James Hunter’s work back in July, we had no idea that it would get the fantastic response that it did. All four paintings we presented sold immediately, resulting in a number of private commissions and a last minute decision to take him to the US to show at AAF NYC in October.
March 24th 2017
James Hunter’s recent series of small scale paintings see the artist return to a sense of honesty that was prevalent in some of his very early works. Read more in today’s article below.
September 30th 2016
Orangeola is our third limited edition screenprint by British artist James Hunter. Find out more about the new print edition below. There’s something very playful about Preston-based artist James Hunter’s most recent print Orangeola.
RECENT NEWS ARTICLES
December 15th 2017
Exactly twenty years ago the Royal Academy opened a now infamous exhibition of British contemporary art titled ‘Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection’ - and a sensation it certainly was! An exhibition that triggered industry backlash, public criticism, and mass media attention, ‘Sensation’ also launched the exhibiting artists into the spotlight of the international art world.
December 8th 2017
Miami Basel opened its doors in 2002 following a postponed start in 2001. December was the chosen month as - the thinking went - the winter sun in Miami would draw in the shivering art collectors from the drizzly northern climes.
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