Photo: James Lumsden in Edinburgh, Scotland

James Lumsden


My work is primarily concerned with process - building translucent glazes of paint until an illusion of light and depth are achieved. The process involves the application of multiple (up to 40 or more) thin glazes of acrylic paint and gloss medium. Each layer is dragged, pulled or manipulated with various implements - the process being repeated layer upon layer until the final painting begins to emerge. Arrived at by both chance and deliberation, the final painting reveals varying chromatic strata, which can be seen through the translucence and depth of the work. These are paintings which draw the viewer beneath the surface to give some experience of their making - both revealing and concealing the history of the painting process. The paintings are set within a distinct formal compositional framework. Although the horizontal division creates allusions to landscape, this is primarily a device to heighten the dynamic, contrast, tension and intensity of the painting. I aim to make paintings which are luminous, seductive, sensual and atmospheric. I am fascinated in how the raw materials innate to the medium can be turned into something poetic - an object filled with light, feeling, atmosphere and emotion.

Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Artforms / type of project Painting

News & Events

  • 'the seed of its opposite'

    A group exhibition curated by Jai Llewellyn. Gallery North, Glasgow Kelvin College. Till 11th November.

  • James Lumsden / New Paintings

    A solo exhibition of new paintings opens 22nd August at Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Canada. Continues through October.

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