Get to Know: James Green

July 01, 2020

Get to Know: James Green

Tell us about your studio space - what do you love about it?
My studio is practically a glorified giant shed in the middle of the woods in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
It’s totally my own space where anything goes. It’s not glamorous or swanky... but that’s it’s charm for me. I’ve been offered the most amazing studio spaces that would be most artists’ dream but I can’t seem to take myself away from my current studio. I find it so peaceful with no distractions, and I am never disturbed.
It’s a pretty chaotic space with paint covering every inch. When collectors come, I advise them to wear wellies as they are guaranteed to stand in paint. 
What are you currently working on in your studio at home?
I have been able to continue painting from my normal studio as it’s my own building in which nobody else is anywhere near. So it has very much been business as usual. I have been working on a large series of paintings and throughout lockdown have been working on 5-10 at any one time. Lack of social events/pubs being closed etc has meant all energy has gone into my studio practice. Another exciting project that has come about during lockdown is a collab project with fashion photographer Joe Quigg. Titled ‘Defacement’ (dfcmnt.com / @dfcmnt), Joe hand prints his photos from his studio, and then sends over to me for me to deface using a riot of colour. We have a show agreed in London with Zebra One Gallery. Date TBC but likely September or October.

"I want my work to be instinctive and avoid anything that may lean towards the contrived."

 

What is your routine during the stay at home?
Get up normal time around 7am, walk the dog, have some breakfast, then get to the studio for a full days painting until I drop!
Whats helping you to stay sane during lockdown
Honestly throwing all energy into my current studio projects has kept me from losing my mind! No better time to be an expressionist. Expressionism basically means to pour your heart out onto canvas, or whatever surface for that matter, and let impulsive mark-making capture your mood / current state of mind. Given the times, it’s the best form of therapy. I have made several breakthroughs in my work because of the current situation. If it doesn’t begin with emotion, I wonder if it can even be art at all.
What’s playing in your studio right now?
Today I had videos of Tricky being interviewed playing in the background whilst I worked. He’s fascinating. A true artist in every sense.
Where do you seek inspiration?
I try not to actively seek inspiration to be honest. I just try to live my life to the fullest and stories organically come from that. I want my work to be instinctive and avoid anything that may lean towards the contrived.
What insights about creativity in a time of crisis can you share with other artists?
Art can be an incredibly unique way of documenting our time. Work being made now I’m sure is more challenging than ever. I’d love to see a book that illustrates artists’ depiction of the current crisis.
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