James, Vita

My art incorporates much of the encounters and influences I have experienced throughout my upbringing in rural Latvia and my life to date in London, England.  My work often reflects the contrast between the two worlds: complexity against simplicity, bold and bright against pale and opaque, systematic control versus chaos and friction.  My work has evolved many different forms and techniques – mixed media, photo based collages, sketches, oil and acrylic, abstraction and systematic methodology.  I enjoy working slowly as attention to detail is important to me but I can often go with my impulsiveness allowing energy and character to jump off the canvas; some of my best work has been created this way. Key areas of focus are the relationships between the light and the form, the colour and the texture along with what turns the typically perceived ‘common’ into something striking and extraordinary.
For me, the creation of ever challenging abstraction in my work is my driving ambition.  I want to discover new horizons through the exploration of cause and effect, human form, nature, urbanisation, science and technology etc etc …. I have no boundaries.

RECENT EXHIBITIONS
Exhibition at Signet Contemporary Art Gallery Nov 7th – Nov 29th 2015
Artsdepot open 2015 – Apthorp Gallery March 31st – April 10th 2015
Parcha Exhibition 2 – Mile End Art Pavillion Dec 21st – Dec 22nd 2013
RAW. MMXII. Art and Design Degree Show June 8th – June 11th 2012
Middlesex University BA Fine Art Exhibition May 24th – May 25th 2012
Surfing Plastic Matter – The Curious Duke Gallery May 2nd  – May 5th 2012

RECENT WORK EXPERIENCE

Signet Contemporary Art – Projects and Exhibitions Assistant 2015

Dai4Films – “Brize Norton Superbase”

Commissioned to undertake a large-scale abstract portrait of one of the featured contributors in this 8 part series for Sky TV. 2012

Other private commissions:

Large scale portraits – realistic oil paintings on canvas (100 cm x 120 cm) – numerous 2011

Large scale female abstract portrait – acrylic and oil on canvas (90cm x 70 cm) 2011

Large scale abstract landscapes for a variety of shops – acrylic on canvas (100 cm x 150 cm) 2011
EDUCATION
Fine Arts Degree  – Middlesex University
Art & Design – Working Men’s College – London