120 x 190 cm | 44 x 70 in
Original painting in oil on panel.
James won the Hans Brinker Painting Prize (First Place) and has been twice shortlisted for the BP portrait award.
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James O’Connell uses the passage of time as a subject matter for his work. The repetitive mixing of colour, loading of the brush and application of paint is a response to today’s acceleration of culture and images and a way to dislodge visual conventions, thus demanding greater space, time and attention. “I often think about Cezanne’s comment, ‘one must see nature as no one has seen it before’, in response to post-industrialism and the changes in our visual experiences, especially now in the digital age.” The intention is to create an object that is both immersive and romantic in terms of contemporary escapism.