Richard James b.1983

Portraiture is the starting point of Richard’s practice.

Often working with found imagery, layers of paint are applied to the canvas then studied, scraped back and re-applied in an inquisitive way; mistakes and their corrections are left visible to the viewer.

Richard questions the tradition of painting people by deconstructing and removing certain elements. The original image is broken down leaving simple forms and brush strokes, alluding to where something once was or where something should be. The eyes are deliberately left unfinished and the backgrounds painted a solid hue, avoiding any obvious narrative or reference to the gaze.