Ann-Marie James’s intricate paintings are built up through layer upon layer of not only materials but also techniques. She often starts with a drawing of a human limb borrowed from art history, a leg purloined from a Bernini sculpture or a chubby arm of one of Peter Paul Rubens’s putti. From it comes a silkscreen and then, at various points, James adds layers of thick medium, expressionistic splashes of acrylic and blobs of ink. Throughout she highlights different moments with delicate and precise drawing around a spot of paint or a stenciled limb. Stepping back from the process and the detail, it appears that the overall compositions take on an intense wave of dark, kinetic energy. Published on the occasion of the artist’s gallery exhibition, this book features seven paintings alongside a text by Michael Bracewell.
Softcover / 8 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 32 pp / 12 color
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