Approved: 15.11.2006

Heather James

Artist, Curator, Project manager, Event organiser, Arts development worker

Approved: 15.11.2006

I have been working almost exclusively with flower imagery, drawing on the dark significance of their art historical symbolic meanings from the Northern Renaissance and Dutch Still Lifes in particular, to explore issues relating to and arising from contemporary culture, (the same visual language from which the ubiquitous contemporary skull is drawn). The feminine associations and connotations of the

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  • Location: The Lake District, North West
  • Activities: Training delivery, Public art, Private commissions, Curating, Exhibitions programme
  • Categories: Project, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting
  • Tags: Contemporary cultural significance, media influence, neuroscientific reading, feminism, social conscience.
 

Biography

I have been working almost exclusively with flower imagery, drawing on the dark significance of their art historical symbolic meanings from the Northern Renaissance and Dutch Still Lifes in particular, to explore issues relating to and arising from contemporary culture, (the same visual language from which the ubiquitous contemporary skull is drawn). The feminine associations and connotations of the imagery is relevant to me with regard to the current problematic attitude towards beauty, and how that mutates our attitude towards love and loving in the modern day consumerist society and celebrity obsessed culture; observations informed by reading and research into developments in neuro science and how what we see, (and how we see it), affects us. In struggling with these issues the paintings become an exercise in the nature of mimesis, an exploration of symbolic materiality, a depiction of surface as insecure, changing, ageing, altered, manipulated, and to varying degrees artificial; subjectively beautiful or repellent.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2006 - MA Fine Art, Central St Martins, London Solo exhibitions 2012 - 'At the Ten Thousandth Sight', Howden Park Centre, Livingston 2012 - Solace and Torment, Brantwood, Ruskin's House, Coniston 2011 - Cornerhouse Projects, Cornerhouse, Manchester 2010 - 'Dreamland', Art Work Space Gallery, London 2010 - Untitled, The Green Room at the Customs House, South Shields, Newcastle. 2008 - 'Sex Love and Beauty', Customs House, Sandford Goudie Gallery, South Shields, Newcastle. Group exhibitions 2014 - All Coherence gone?, BayArt Gallery, Cardiff 2013 - Dreams, Customs House, Sandford Goudie Gallery, South Shields, Newcastle. 2013 - What is drawing?, Customs House Arts Centre, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 1ES 2010 - Manchester Contemporary, Spinningfields, Manchester and Liverpool. 2010 - The Anthea Turner Prize, The Union Chapel Workshops, London 2009 - Art through nature, Kendal Museum, Cumbria 2007 - 'From Outside', six historic City of London Churches, London. 2006 - MA degree show, Central St Martins, London 2006 - 'Quick and dirty', Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, London 2005 - 'Discord', Temporary/contemporary, London Private commissions 2012 - Sheen, Private commission, Newcastle 2011 - Reveal, Individual Collector, USA Corporate commissions 2011 - Three large paintings commissioned for collections, Corporate, London and Europe. Competitions, prizes and awards 2007 - Celeste Art Prize (selected) , Goldsmiths college, London. Other 2009 - 20/21 Contemporary Art Fair , The Royal College of Art, London 2009 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London 2008 - AAF, Various venues, London, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, 2008 - Artists Book Fairs with the group AM Bruno, Manchester School of Art, and the WolstenholmeProjects., Manchester and Liverpool. 2007 - Torturecare.org charity auction, Building Design Centre, London. 2002 - Untitled, Prudential Insurance's Corporate Collection, London