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When you know, you know Painting

James Green

United Kingdom

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 53.1 W x 63 H x 0.8 D in

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About The Artwork

I paint today from a very personal standpoint and entirely from my imagination (in contrast to my previous approach (using photographs/sitters, etc). I have no plan whatsoever when first going into a painting - which can make a blank canvas a rather daunting thing. I really have no idea what’s about to come out. I don’t even plan on capturing a person/character (although I normally end up doing so) which makes it a very special moment for me when a character pops out seemingly from nowhere. As weird as it feels to write, it’s like meeting an old friend for the first time. And it can be a pretty special moment when that happens. The way this painting came together was a very special moment for me. As is normally the case, the initial layers (over the period of two or three weeks) were doing my head in - for want of a better phrase. On the day of the final layer, two figures emerged and I immediately knew what the painting was about - having had a conversation with someone a day before about the term ‘When you know, you know’. It’s worth noting that the preceding layers are far from lost… I see many hidden details including partially formed text and sentences. And the texture benefits greatly. There’s a lot to be said about trusting the process! Following the creation of the final layer, I sat back and smiled, taking it in, for quite some time. Often, painting can feel like a fight (and all of the emotions that go with that), and I immediately connected with this one as soon as I’d put the brush down. It means a great deal to me.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:53.1 W x 63 H x 0.8 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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