Nicolas C James
Nicolas C James is an emerging artist living and working in Warwickshire, England. His style and methods are governed by the natural world and thoughts of the healing powers of art & color. Nicolas studied at Coventry University, graduating in January 2022, with much praise from tutors and peers alike. Before Coventry, The studios at Coventry gave Nicolas the opportunity to work as a painter, rather than imagine. While at Coventry Nicolas produced a wide and varied array of work, latterly using watered-down acrylics, pouring and canvases on the floor to create subtle watercolor start landscapes and other imagined spaces. Nick has had a few private sales and has two works from this series exhibited at Walsall New Art Gallery (New Contemporaries) and Two further group exhibitions at Coventry University.
The focus of my work is to observe my surroundings and consider the ever-changing world. These observations focus on nature and the sky. Furthermore, my work considers cultural and spiritual change in our societies, countries, and the planet, I like to think that hope and positive changes can be provided through arts and color. Additionally, I have long been fascinated by the overview effect, ’an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it.’ - image 1- This work is a resolve from a series of nine abstract, lyrical landscapes: Imagined Cosmos.
My work also considers the psychology of arts and I hope to promote healing, aligning with changes in societies, worldwide. ‘We are so adept at recognizing and creating natural patterns: we embody some of the very patterns that are ubiquitous in the natural world in which we evolved.
Before my MA I was self-taught and my knowledge of art history was limited. However, I see the depths and influences of nature in the way artists create. The foundation for my painting is often inspired, by something I heard along the lines of, ‘Lord Krishna awakes before everyone and paints the skies.’ To me as a painter it seemed bizarre, that it was the same every time, it is true, there are seasons, emotions, and different moods, however, the pallet is repetitive. Although, my paintings often revert to colors of nature and my surroundings. This allows me to become a physical part of the work while I create it, while also allowing me to become meditative and, of the moment, working instinctively. My hope is that my work inspires inner peace and tranquillity and healing. Painting is magic and, as painters, we are magicians!’