Approved: 20.04.2017

James Reynolds

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Maker, Teacher

Approved: 20.04.2017

I paint pictures and use common objects which explore relationships that are based on my interests in addressing past, personal experiences through the use of expanded self-portraiture.

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Biography

I paint pictures and use common objects which explore relationships that are based on my interests in addressing past, personal experiences through the use of expanded self-portraiture.

Through my deep interest in dogmatic approaches to process, I follow ritualistic working practices that require certain rules to be observed and then ultimately questioned by the painted surface. Repetition of the subject is a key element that forces me to revisit the themes and ideas and I strive to create work that encourages the viewer to question and wonder, to look and to engage, sometimes uncomfortably. Using self-portraiture provides the opportunity to explore and create a vision of my own domestic recollections and rules, positive or otherwise, and evaluate them within the context of making art.

The importance of connecting the objects associated with the paintings and the images produced is vital, and a developing sense of unease with the personal themes. Projects are conceived from a deep interest in the domestic aspect to the past and its subsequent effect on shaping a personal identity. Paintings and objects used in this expanded context offers the chance to guide the viewer through moments of despair and humour. Figures off centre in an indeterminate space reveal little and demonstrate a process driven metaphor that questions the erosion of identity and of nostalgia being a positive influence on recollections of the past.

Using photography as a resource continues to be a key element within my work, addressing the inherent historical problems with creating contemporary figurative art that goes beyond the academic constraints of traditional processes. 

CV & Education

Employment

Current - Lecturer (FE) Fine Art & Drawing, London

Education

2016 – MFA Fine Art, University of the Arts London (Wimbledon College of Art)

2001 – PGCE (Post-16) Institute of Education, London

1997 – BA (Hons) Fine Art, Leeds Metropolitan University

1996 – Fine Art Painting, Complutense University of Madrid

1994 – Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Lincoln College of Art & Design

Selected Exhibitions:

1997 – Northern Graduates, Curwen Gallery, London

1998 – Artescape Artists-in-Residence exhibition, Greestone Gallery, De Montfort University, Lincoln.

1998 – Friends School summer exhibition group show, Friends School, Saffron Walden

1998 – Trintiy Arts Centre, Gainsborough

2001 – Art on the Map, Lincolnshire open studios group exhibition

2002 – Art on the Map, Lincolnshire open studios group exhibition

2011 – Free Painters & Sculptors group show winter exhibition, La Galleria, London

2012 – Free Painters & Sculptors group show winter exhibition, Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London

2012 – Casa del Artes Gallery, Chiswick

2013 – ‘Red Revised’, Cultivate gallery, Vyner Street, London

2013 – Free Painters and Sculptors, ‘Works on Paper’ Espacio Gallery, London

2014 – ‘Artcrasher’ at SOMArts, San Francisco

2014 – Cass Business School, London

2014 – Riverside Studios Gallery, Hammersmith

2014 – FPS Summer Show, Menier Gallery, London

2014 – FPS Winter Open Show, Menier Gallery, London

2014 – 20/20, Chelsea College of Art, London

2015 – Twitterartexhibit, Moss, Norway

2015 – Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London

2015 – Art Fair East, Norwich

2015 – ‘Shift’, Menier Gallery, London

2015 – FPS Members Summer Show, Menier Gallery, London

2015 – Gallery in the Lanes, Norwich

2015 – Buy Art Fair, Manchester

2015 – ‘Index’, The Crypt Gallery, St. Pancras Church, London

2015 –  Thinking Through Drawing Symposium exhibition, ‘We All Draw @ UAL’, The Bargehouse, London

2016 – ‘I Knew Who I was’, Free Space Gallery, Kentish Town Health Centre

2016 – Buy Art Fair, Manchester

2016 – Graduate Art Prize, Artiq & Herbert Freeman Hills, London

2016 – FPS Members Winter Show, Menier Gallery, London

Exhibition Organisation/Curation

June 2015 – ‘Shift’, Menier Gallery, London

Publications/Press

1997 – Independent on Sunday

2001 – The Guardian Guide

2014 – The State of Art – Series 1, ‘Landscape and Portrait’. Bare Hill Publishing

2014 – The Palatte Pages – Artist Interview

2015 – Buy Art Fair (Manchester) exhibition Catalogue

Groups/Galleries

2011 – Accepted as member of FPS Group (Free Painters, Sculptors & Printmakers)

2013 – SiOTT Gallery

Residencies

1997 – Artist-in-Residence at Artescape Trust, Lincolnshire, 12 months

Future Projects/collaborations

2017 - 'Object_ive' - group show, venue tbc