Approved: 16.08.2006

James Lumsden

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

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.

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  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Categories: Painting
 
 

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    Biography

    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.

    CV & Education

    Selected Solo Exhibitions (since 2000)

    2015 - Reflex, Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London.  Pulse, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Canada

    2013 - Echoes, Sarah Myerscough Gallery.  Chromatic Visions, Edinburgh Art Festival / Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh.  Paintings, & Collective, Bridge of Allan.

    2012 - Contrapuntal, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Canada

    2011 - Fugue, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London.  New Paintings, An Talla Solais, Ullapool

    2010 - New Paintings, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Canada

    2009 - Liquid Light, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

    2007 - Paintings, Amber Roome Contemporary Art, Edinburgh

    2006 - Counterpoint, Atticsalt, Edinburgh.  Recent Paintings, MAC, Birmingham

    2005 - Counterpart (with Andrew Mackenzie), Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London.  Paintings, An Tuireann Arts Centre, Isle of Skye.

    2004 - Interface, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

    2003 - Paintings (with Eoghann MacColl), Oriel Capsule, Cardiff

    2002 - Paintings, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

    2001 - Paintings, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

    2000 - Aalborg Trienalle, Aalborg, Denmark

    2000 - Paintings, The Loft Gallery, Glasgow

    Selected Group Exhibitions (since 2000)

    2015 - 'the seed of its opposite', Curated by Jai Llewellyn, Glasgow Kelvin College. 'Summershow', Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Canada

    2014 - Re-Define, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, USA.  Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris, France.  London Art Fair, London

    2013 - RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Paper Planes (curated by Andrew Mackenzie), Stow Arts Festival.  Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris.  Society of Scottish Artists Annual

    2012 - Black and White, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

    2011 - Perception, The Dovecot, Edinburgh

    2010 - Abstract Matters, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh. Affordable Art Fair, New York. RSA New Works, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

    2009 - Strata, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh. Strata, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

    2008 - Shared Ground, Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine. Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada.

    2007 - Equinox, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London.

    Residencies

    2010 - RSA Residency, An Talla Solais, Ullapool

    2007 - Returning Fellowship, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, County Mayo, Ireland

    2003 - Fellowship, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, County Mayo, Ireland

    2000 - Artist in residence, Aalborg Trienalle, Aalborg, Denmark.

    Competitions, Prizes and Awards

    2010 - RSA Residencies for Scotland Award, Royal Scottish Academy

    2009 - Visual Arts Award, City of Edinburgh Council

    2008 - Creative Development Award, Scottish Arts Council

    2004 - Hope Scott Trust Award

    2003 - EVAAC Award, City of Edinburgh Council. Professional Development Award, Scottish Arts Council

    2002 - Professional Development Award, Scottish Arts Council

    2001 - British Council Grant

    2000 - EVAAC Award, City of Edinburgh Council.  The Arts Trust of Scotland Award.