An exhibition of new work by London-based artist Nathan James, presented by Justin Quirk. The exhibition, entitled Creepshow showcases unseen work, marking a dark evolution in the painter’s style.
The new series takes its inspiration from the concept of Pessimist Pop – a direct reaction to the highly-polished, busy, celebratory work of Koons, Murakami et al – and sees James deal in similar bold shapes and cultural iconography, but switch focus to the underbelly of his subjects, contextualising them in a real, unforgiving world. Painting in oil (often making his own paints) on canvas or linen, James focuses on the lives and worlds of the underclass, failures, perverts and slackers, rather than beautiful, successful people.
‘Like all the best art, Nathan James’ new paintings challenge the idea that beauty is a universal term,’ – Jake Chapman
Bleak comedy and personal tragedy sit uncomfortably close together in James’ characters, which draw on both the failed industrial background of his childhood in Ontario, and the fantastical world of cartoons, characters and the golden age of Hollywood, which has long fascinated him.
Combining an almost old-fashioned, painterly approach to his art with very modern ideas of representation and humour, his subjects are captured in various states of disintegration, mutation and grotesque evolution. Creepshow is at once, a deeply personal and voyeuristic document of lives, habits, problems and people who contemporary art often overlooks.
‘Creepshow’ by Nathan James runs at The Cob Gallery, London March 20th – April 7th 2013. Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm or by appointment http://www.ndjames.com
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ABOUT NATHAN JAMES:
Born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Nathan James spent much of his life in the Toronto area before, moving to London, UK where he currently lives and works.
He has previously exhibited in group-shows at Leslie’s (Luxembourg), Galleria Aus 18 (Milan), The Garage CCC (Moscow), Idea Generation and Aubin (London), and in solo exhibitions at Gallery Neubacher (Toronto), Empire Gallery (London) and Leslie’s (Luxembourg).