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Abstract Archives - Paul James Gallery
Oil and Water do not mix #7  Abstract in mixed oil and acrylic paint.   Oil and Acrylic on cotton Width 1.1m by Height 0.92m  by paul james designOil and Water do not mix #6  Abstract in mixed oil and acrylic paint.   Oil and Acrylic on canvas Width 0.76m by Height 0.61m  by paul james designOil and Water do not mix #5  Abstract in mixed oil and acrylic paint.   Oil and Acrylic on canvas Width 0.61m by Height 0.76m  by paul james designOil and Water do not mix #1  Abstract in mixed oil and acrylic paint, mostly white.   Oil and Acrylic on cotton Width 0.97m by Height 1.2m  by paul james designOil and Water do not mix #4  Abstract in mixed oil and acrylic paint.  Oil and Acrylic on cotton Width 0.46m by Height 0.36m  by paul james design

Oil and Water do not mix

“Oil and Water don’t mix” Well thats what we’re told…. These abstracts are experiments using mixtures of water based acrylics and oil paint. The results a little unpredictable but beautiful none the less. It serves as a metaphor for life, when you attempt something that conventional wisdom say “no” but you do it anyway, and beautiful things are born.

Metamorphosis #9    Acrylic on Canvas Width 1.80m by Height 1.20m  by paul james designMetamorphosis#8    Acrylic on Canvas Width 0.46m by Height 0.61m  by paul james designMetamorphosis#7    Acrylic on Canvas Width 0.46m by Height 0.61m  by paul james designMetamorphosis#6    Acrylic on canvas Width 0.36m by Height 0.46m  by paul james designMetamorphosis #6  Part of a series of paintings about change, in two parts.  Part 1, the destructive, subtractive nature of change and decay,  and  part 2 the the gradual building back up.Metamorphosis #6 -  The subtle, rippling dark blue background is broken by a single white burst of pure energy.  Oil on Canvas Width 1.24m by Height 1.83m  by paul james designMetamorphosis #4    Acrylic on Canvas  Width 1.24m by Height 1.83m  by paul james designMetamorphosis #5  This abstract is built up from single continuous brushstrokes across the canvas in the vertical directions. Like all of the works in part 2 of the Metamorphosis Series it is similar repeated actions and stokes that build up the image.  Acrylic on Canvas Width 0.76m by Height 0.61m  by paul james designMetamorphosis #3  A subtractive technique just leaves a trace of the former image on the canvas. The process is akin to washing your soul, pairing down ur life and possessions. Leaving gaps but keeping the essence. The painting is finished in a blue glaze.  Acrylic on Canvas Width 1.3m by Height 0.8m  by paul james designMetamorphosis #2  AA subtractive technique just leaves a trace of the former image on the large canvas. The process is akin to washing your soul, pairing down ur life and possessions. Leaving gaps but keeping the essence.
Acrylic on Canvas Width 1.2m by Height 1.8m  by paul james designMetamorphosis #1  A subtractive technique just leaves a trace of the former image on the canvas. The process is akin to washing your soul, pairing down ur life and possessions. Leaving gaps but keeping the essence. The bottom panel is glazed in blue.   Acrylic on Canvas Width 1.24m by Height 1.80m  by paul james design

Metamorphosis

Part of a series of paintings about change, in two parts. Part 1, the destructive, subtractive nature of change and decay. A subtractive technique just leaves a trace of the former image on the canvas. The process is akin to washing your soul, pairing down ur life and possessions. Leaving gaps but keeping the essence. and part 2 the the gradual building back up.

Sensorial Criterion #1    Acrylic on Canvas Width 1.0m by Height 1.0m  by paul james designSensorial Criterion #3    Acrylic on Canvas Width 0.61m by Height 0.91m  by paul james designSensorial Criterion #4    Acrylic on Canvas Width 0.46m by Height 0.61m  by paul james designSensorial Criterion #2    Acrylic on Canvas Width 0.46m by Height 0.46m  by paul james design

Sensorial Criterion

Highly figured and layered abstract on gallery wrapped canvas. Finished with acrylic medium gloss glaze

Lost #2    Acrylic on Canvas Width 1.22m by Height 0.61m  by paul james designLost #1    Acrylic on Canvas  Width 1.22m by Height 0.61m  by paul james designInfinite Grey    Acrylic on Canvas Width 0.61m by Height 1.22m  by paul james designInfinite Blue    Acrylic on Burlap Width 1.08m by Height 1.08m  by paul james designDance #1    Acrylic on Canvas Width 1.97m by Height 1.27m  by paul james designDance #3    Acrylic on canvas Width 1.97m by Height 1.27m  by paul james designDance #4    Oil on canvas Width 1.4m by Height 1.2m  by paul james designDance #2    Acrylic on Canvas Width 1.7m by Height 1.2m  by paul james design

Abstract Blue

If I could describe these in words, I would have been a poet. A selection of large scale abstracts. The Dance series have been done with the canvas on the floor, and using the artists feet to apply the paint. Others are reminiscent of Jackson Pollock with a splashes of paint on a blended abstract background.

Sailing  An abstract, carried out with a knife on a textured canvas. Reminiscent of a sailboat in stormy seas.  Oil on Canvas Width 0.61m by Height 0.76m  by paul james designFlag    Acrylic Width 0.92m by Height 0.61m  by paul james designMarket Forces  A piece inspired by Market Forces and the financial districts in Singapore. Hang depending on market forces.  Oil Width 1.45m by Height 0.46m  by paul james designMotion Picture  Films effect us all, and theres nothing like 35mm.  Oil Width 0.4m by Height 0.3m  by paul james designAliens at the crossing.    Oil Width 0.8m by Height 0.8m  by paul james designTurbulance #1    Oil Width 1.22m by Height 0.61m  by paul james designTurbulence #3    Oil Width 0.76m by Height 0.61m  by paul james designParty Animal    Acrylic Width 1.39m by Height 1.20m  by paul james designLost #3  Large scale abstract  Acrylic by paul james designAbstract Acrylic#14    Acrylic Width 0.41m by Height 0.3m  by paul james designAbstract Acrylic#13    Acrylic Width 0.41m by Height 0.3m  by paul james designAbstract Acrylic#12    Acrylic Width 0.41m by Height 0.3m  by paul james designAbstract Acrylic#10    Acrylic Width 0.61m by Height 0.45m  by paul james designLady in the Distance   A painting by Paul James. This painting of a an abstract lady is influenced by time spent in South East Asia. The background colours and texture a reminisent of reflections on water. The figure in the foreground is influenced by the local woman in Bali who work the rice fields.   Acrylic Width 1.25m by Height 1.5m  by paul james design

Abstract #2

A gallery of more recent abstract paintings. With more vibrant colours and more experimental brushstrokes,  and paint application techniques, these mark a new style development.

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“Painting and capturing images with photography is a channel for the expression of my thoughts and moods. My paintings represent something that cannot be captured by photography, and I prefer that photography captures images that cannot otherwise be remembered.”

Paul James has been painting and capturing images through photography for over 15 years as a means of expressing his thoughts and moods, and maintaining his childhood fascination with the world. He prefers to paint images that cannot be captured with photography, and produce photographic images of things unseen.
Paul’s specialization is in large scale non-representative abstract paintings and photography that express dynamism, starkness and abstractness of life. He often has active closed eye hallucinations – random patterns, images and colour appear when his eyes are closed. This, along with his background in mathematics, electronics, music and computer programming are represented in some of his artworks.