How would you describe your art - in one sentence, or a short phrase.
Semi-abstract multilayered baroque psychedelia.
Photo of you in your studio; or beside an art piece that you like.
One sentence to describe your studio / the place you work.
My studio is like a second home, filled with books, images and artwork that inspires me, it is an externalisation of my artistic mind.
Photos of your 3 best artworks, the title and a short description.
The title of my new series of paintings 'Metanoia' is a word derived from Greek meaning "changing one's mind”.
In the work I’ve set out to describe a state of transition between one form and the next through the combination of visual elements depicted within the paintings. This dynamic shift also occurs within the gap between figurative form and abstraction.
These semi-abstract compositions are created through digitally collaging, distorting and layering multiple photographic elements which are then synthesized and refined through a final stage of painting in oils.
Litre Aurea Lux (Metanoia IV)
The concept of alchemy, the turning of base metals into gold, features throughout the Metanoia series. Specifically in Litora Aurea Lux (latin for ‘Shores of Golden Light) which depicts in the background the seascape of the coast of California.
The gold rush of the mid 1800’s saw many people flock to the West coast of the U.S. in search of prosperity. Today there is a similar influx each year to L.A. of aspiring creatives wanting to make it big in Hollywood and turn their talent into the precious metal of an Emmy or an Oscar.
I’ve depicted in this painting an abstract sense of something beyond the everyday, a form that seems born out of the energetic field of these California dreams.
Through the process of collaging figurative elements into the semi-abstract compositions within the Metanoia series I intend to encourage the viewer into a visual state of limbo, where the brain attempts to pull the image together to make sense of the recognizable parts.
This is an evolutionary trait, known as pareidolia, left over from such mechanisms as trying to find the form of possible predators or prey camouflaged in the undergrowth. I've also used the sunset/sunrise elements within the work to connect with our primal neurology.
In our past, when night was the most dangerous time, to appreciate the last and first light of the day was especially important.
Most memorable art commission - what was the piece about, who commissioned the art, what was the experience like.
My most memorable commission was from T.J. Morris Ltd. They had an 11 metre tall by 3 metre wide wall in their new reception area and wanted me to create a piece of work to fill it.
Due to the scale and budget I chose to create the piece digitally to then be printed and mounted on the wall. The composition had to be vertically long and thin that would be viewed at different heights.
I enjoyed creating a changing flow of elements from top to bottom and the colour palette I hadn't used before of purples, pinks, blues and subtle greens, that was selected in conjunction with the interior decor already present, worked out great.
How you work with your clients - a short description of how you develop concepts and ideas, and collaborate with your clients.
I'm very open to going in new directions with my work so I'll allow my clients to input as much as they want with regards to content and colour palette. I initially get an idea of what they are looking for and work on a rough composition.
I work digitally to compose my work so the client can get a good approximation of what the finished piece will be like as that is what I will be working from as I paint. I can make alterations and additions to the clients specifications, going back and forth until they are happy. Then I'll lock that down and start the painting.
What/who inspires you?
A top ten in no particular order: Baroque art, the Hudson River school painters, Romantacism, japanese animation, science fiction, dreams, psychedelia, hiking, martial arts, meditation.
Browse James Roper's artworks on The Commissioned.