James Collins, Ffion, 2014, Courtesy of the artist

James Collins

b. 1992, Darlington

2015-2017 MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London
2012-2015 BA Painting, Wimbledon College of Art, London

Recent exhibitions

Solo Shows:
2015 ‘Threeworks’, Threeworks, Weymouth

Group shows:
2015 ‘Demimonde’, Slate Projects and Mottahedan Projects, London
2014 Hans Brinker Exhibition, Hans Brinker Hotel, Amsterdam
2014 ‘Nice Little Show’, Nice Gallery, London
2014 The Independent Artist Fair 2014, Rag Factory, London

Artist Statement

My painting practice adopts a system of revisiting recurring continuities in the dialogues within painting and dialogues that form from painting.

I have an interest in algorithms conceptually to compare and contrast to the position of manual painting at present, in an age which is dominated by algorithms. Algorithmic structures provide a part of the work, but my human influence doesn't allow for it to play out entirely, intuition is an integral part of my practice and it is paired with my stance on the position of manual painting.

The systems that I use in my paintings are often intuitive and responsive to my selectivity within my practice, through this I attempt to override the ambiguity of chance by self-governing and constructing the ‘moments of chance’ within my practice.

Selected works

I created the painting ‘Join Hands’ at a time when I had a leg injury, which governed a different way of working through a more intuitive and reduced approach in my painting process. The painted marks I see as a structure that is constructed through a variety of elements, which is held together through the connected cycle within the painting; something which i see as a response to the injury.

The painting ‘Ffion’ has a tension between the intuitive and counter intuitive decision making that is present in the process. Marks are assigned different roles in this painting; some are intended to reference recurring continuities in my painting practice and other parts are formed from contriving accidental incidents in my process that I make into a form of motif.