James Byrne

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James Byrne is a Birmingham painter who has had a studio practice in the city since completing an M.A. in painting at Birmingham College of Art in 1982. His work has been included in a number of important shows in the UK and Hong Kong, and his paintings are included in the Warwick Arts Trust permanent collection as well as Birmingham Museum and the IBM Collection.

James Byrne is inspired predominantly by landscape. He makes drawings on location over a number of days, then pins the drawings to the wall in his studio and uses them as a stimulus for painting. The paintings develop over a period of time, making use of the process of painting itself combined with imagination and intuition. Byrne sees this ‘process’ as essential to the development of the paintings, as they take on a life of their own. His paintings are manifestations of an internalised experience, where the romantic imagination has been at work.

Byrne often works with impasto paint worked 'wet in wet', where constant changes can be made before the final image locks in.  Techniques such as glazing, scumbling and scarping create space for intuitive changes before the paintings are finished.

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

2018 James Byrne: Between the Islands
​Reuben Colley Fine Art

2012 James Byrne: Painting and Process
University of Birmingham

2011 James Byrne: Paintings and Drawings
Reuben Colley Fine Art

1999 James Byrne: Field Series
Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham

1986 James Byrne: Paintings
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Selected Mixed Exhibitions

2015-2016 Hinterland
Telson Building, Birmingham and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

2014 John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

2008-2009 The Art of Birmingham
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

2003-2004 Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition and Touring Exhibition
Jerwood Space, London and touring venues

1996 William Gear: Past and Present Friends
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

1994 The Laing Landscape Show
The Mall Galleries, London

1990 Mid-Art
Dudley Museum and Art Gallery

1989 Artists in Public
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

1987 Artists in Public
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

1984 Twenty-one for Twenty-one:  Ikon Gallery 21st Birthday Exhibition
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

1984 English Expressionism
Warwick Arts Trust, London
 
Between The Islands I
Between The Islands I
152 x 121 cm
Oil on Canvas
Between The Islands II
Between The Islands II
152 x 121 cm
Oil on Canvas
Between The Islands IV
Between The Islands IV
152 x 121 cm
Oil on Canvas
Between The Islands V
Between The Islands V
182 x 137 cm
Oil on Canvas
Between the Islands VII
Between the Islands VII
182 x 137 cm
Oil on Canvas
Between The Islands IX
Between The Islands IX
101 x 76 cm
Oil on Canvas
Between The Islands XII
Between The Islands XII
40 x 33 cm
Oil on Canvas
Between The Islands XIV
Between The Islands XIV
30 x 30 cm
Oil on Canvas
Between The Islands XV
Between The Islands XV
45 x 30 cm
Oil on Canvas
Mountain Light (Series 2) VII
Mountain Light (Series 2) VII
20 x 25 cm
Oil on Board
Wicklow Rocks (Series 2) V
Wicklow Rocks (Series 2) V
20 x 25 cm
Oil on Board
Wicklow Rocks (Series 2) VI
Wicklow Rocks (Series 2) VI
20 x 26 cm
Oil on Board
Wicklow Rocks (Series 2) IX
Wicklow Rocks (Series 2) IX
25 x 20 cm
Oil on Board
Giltar Point VI
Giltar Point VI
50 x 40 cm
Oil on Canvas
Wicklow Rocks and Light I
Wicklow Rocks and Light I
122 x 91 cm
Oil on Canvas
Wicklow Rocks and Light V
Wicklow Rocks and Light V
93 x 122 cm
Oil on Canvas
Wicklow Rocks and Light VI
Wicklow Rocks and Light VI
93 x 122 cm
Oil on Canvas
Pembrokeshire I
Pembrokeshire I
29 x 21 cm
Pastel on paper
Pembrokeshire II
Pembrokeshire II
29 x 21 cm
Pastel on paper
Pembrokeshire III
Pembrokeshire III
29 x 21 cm
Pastel on paper
Pembrokeshire V
Pembrokeshire V
29 x 21 cm
Pastel on paper