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Artist Statement  JAMES REYNOLDS


I paint pictures that explore the relationship between identity and memory with particular interest in addressing past, personal experiences through the use of self-portraiture or representations of places.


Through my deep interest in processes, I follow strict rules of making and painting in a ritualistic manner that are then negated by the painted surface, as I strive to create work that encourages the viewer to question and wonder, to look and to engage, sometimes uncomfortably. Using figuration provides the opportunity to explore and create a vision of my own recollections, positive or otherwise, and evaluate them within the context of painting.

 The importance of making connections between the words associated with the paintings and the images produced is vital, and a developing sense of unease with the personal themes. The titles are governed by phrases, actions or rules that have historical, personal relevance where blurred lines, grids and disconnected bodies in an indeterminate space unlock thoughts of incomplete or uncomfortable memories. I’m very interested in using this process driven work as a metaphor for the erosion of identity and questioning the notion of nostalgia being a positive influence on recollections and memories of the past.

Using photography as a resource has been a key development in my recent work, addressing the inherent historical problems with creating contemporary figurative art that go beyond the academic constraints of traditional processes.

Selected Group and Solo Exhibitons JAMES REYNODLS

Solo Shows

1998 - Artescape Trust, Lincolnshire
1998 - Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough
1998 - Friends School, Saffron Walden
2012 - Sprout Arts, London
2013 - Sprout Arts, London
2014 – Sprout Arts, Londo

Group Shows

1997 - Selected for Northern Graduates Exhibition, Curwen Gallery, London
1998 - Artescape exhibition at Greestone Gallery, De Montfort University, Lincoln. Dual show with other Artescape Artist-in-Residence
1998 - Friends School summer exhibition, Friends School, Saffron Walden
2001 - Art on the Map, Lincolnshire open studios group exhibition
2002 - Art on the Map, Lincolnshire open studios group exhibition
2011 - Free Painters & Sculptors winter exhibition, 'Conflict and Resolution', La Galleria, London
2012 - Free Painters & sculptors winter exhibition, 'Then and Now', Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London
2012 - Selected artist for Casa del Artes Gallery, Chiswick
2013 - 'Red Revised', Cultivate gallery, Vyner Street, London
2013 - Free Painters and Sculptors summer exhibition, '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 – Sprout Gallery, London (Solo)
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

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