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 over a number of days, mainly in the Peak District around Ashbourne in Derbyshire, where Byrne loves the drama and strong contrast of light and the marks made on the landscape by the ancient stone walls. He 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. he creates an equivalent to his experience of the landscape, rather than a reproduction of it. His paintings are manifestations of an internalised experience, where the romantic imagination has been at work.

Many of his recent works have been small scale, with impasto paint worked 'wet in wet', where constant changes can be made before the final image locks in.  He also works on a large scale, and recently he has included techniques such as glazing, scumbling and scarping so that space is provided for intuitive changes before the paintings are finished.
 
Wicklow Recall 3
Wicklow Recall 3
122 x 92 cm
Oil on Canvas
Wicklow Recall 2
Wicklow Recall 2
122 x 92 cm
Oil on Canvas
Wicklow Series (7)
Wicklow Series (7)
25 x 20 cm
Oil on Panel
Wicklow Series (3)
Wicklow Series (3)
25 x 20 cm
Oil on Panel
Giltar Point Series (1)
Giltar Point Series (1)
31 x 41 cm
Oil on Canvas
Giltar Point Series (6)
Giltar Point Series (6)
50 x 40 cm
Oil on Canvas
Giltar Point Series (8) (SOLD)
Giltar Point Series (8) (SOLD)
60 x 60 cm
Oil on Canvas
Giltar Point Series (10) (SOLD)
Giltar Point Series (10) (SOLD)
50 x 40 cm
Oil on Panel
Milldale Ridge (1)
Milldale Ridge (1)
103 x 155 cm
Oil on Canvas
Milldale Ridge (2)
Milldale Ridge (2)
103 x 155 cm
Oil on Canvas
Untitled (2)
Untitled (2)
99 x 131 cm
Oil on Canvas