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James Hunter

Fragrantissimum, 2015


86(w) x 86(h) cm
33.86(w) x 33.86(h) inches
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9 colour screenprint on Somerset 410 gsm paper

Edition of 50
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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.
July 23rd 2015
Due to their popularity with collectors, James Hunter’s original paintings are rarely available, so we’re pleased to be presenting today his latest canvas Pseudoccinea.
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.
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July 13th 2018
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June 29th 2018
In our fast-paced, ever-changing world, where it seems we can barely keep up with the rapid development of technology, Jacky Tsai, an artist whose work juxtaposes the old and new, past and present, east and west, quite aptly explores the theme of AI technology in his new lenticular print edition - Artificial Intelligence.
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