My work presents a twilit, chimerical realm haunted by figures, animals, and hybrids.

I am preoccupied with how humans leave a trace of their presence both as individuals and collectively on the world; the presence of a figure in a room, the trajectory of a cyclist across a park, or more destructive collisions of humanity with the natural world.

 

I am fascinated by how marks on a surface can both create and destroy.

 

I use a combination of flattened acrylic grounds and viscerally applied oils as well as a myriad of different brushstrokes, scratches, glazes, and spatters that fetishise both the medium of paint and the subject I am painting equally.

 

Ultimately I seek in my paintings to explore both the desire and the disquietude in the human experience through my own experience as a queer artist living and working both in the heart of the city and now in rural isolation.

 © 2020 by James Dearlove

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