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'Paris' hanging in the studio


Paris Painting

James Green

United Kingdom

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 95.3 W x 83.9 H x 0.4 D in

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A collaboration between James Green Artist and one of France’s most prolific artist’s – Monsieur Jamin. This project has grown into an important on-going project between London and Paris. An incredible connection rooted entirely in the visual: the artists don’t speak a word of each others’ language. The story goes… Jamin’s best friend (Francois) spotted my work in a pub in London and instantly messaged me a note saying, “You need to meet my best friend – I think you think the same”. A pretty strange email I initially thought, so I assumed this to be something I’d possibly dismiss… However, a quick Google search ‘Monsieur Jamin’ and I was interested. Francois organised the meeting (Jamin to my studio in Stroud, UK, with Francois acting as translator) and none of us could believe quite how important the meeting would prove to be. We have both said that it was like meeting a brother. I don’t speak French, and Jamin doesn’t speak English. Strangely, that doesn't matter. We paint with a similar energy, and seemingly think the same (via Francois’ translations/opinions). We have since painted together on multiple occasions (UK / Paris) and are incredibly productive together. It’s the most unique connection. Although we can’t communicate with language, the process is natural and effortless as it is. We’re reluctant to learn each others’ language. Reliant on a visual language, running title for the project is ‘Painted Word'. I would recommend that this painting be hung like a tapestry, in an effort to maintain some authentic trace of the studio and the process. It is no question that I paint in a unique manner, and I prefer not to disguise this with unnecessary cosmetic layering (e.g stretching the unstretched/imperfect canvas around a ‘perfect’ stretcher frame)… I prefer to embrace/celebrate the imperfections. It feels more authentic this way. I have attached an image to this artwork post which shows 'Paris' hanging in the studio.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:95.3 W x 83.9 H x 0.4 D in

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Green paints directly onto raw, unstretched canvas, working instinctively, without preamble or pause for thought. His earliest work was observational and figurative, with a kind of meticulous precision, but, having demonstrated this precocious skill, he felt free to cast-off formal technique and to work in a more expressive way, characterised by loose, vivid unpredictability. The first impression is of gestural vitality and rich painterly effect – bright colours merge into murky smudges; sharp definition blurs into misty formlessness. There are sweeping lines; scribbly detail; indistinct colour washes; paint drips, flows or clumps into crusty accretions. Suggestions of formal structure are quickly subverted. Amidst this abstract maelstrom there are hints of crude calligraphy, figuration and human faces – ambiguous, half-formed, partially erased. “The last decade has been about dissecting the human form in a process that is energetic, spontaneous and organic. I now find it more powerful to capture the essence of a person rather than to render an exact image. The paintings I make today are one-offs that I couldn’t replicate. They are unique to specific moments, authentic to me. I don’t look for or seek inspiration; I live my colourful life and allow that to guide the path for my practice.”

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