Caroline James, "Offerings," n/d mixed media on panel, 48" x 31".
CAROLINE JAMES, Four from Hornby
Granville Fine Art (Previously LindaLando Fine Art,) Vancouver
Opens September 30, 2006
By Beverly Cramp
“Every painting I do ends up being a surprise to me,” says Caroline James from her home on Hornby Island. “Painting is like a dream — you have no control over the narrative of your subconscious, which is racing around opening your memory drawers.” James, who earned an MFA in painting from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000, combines art theory and personal experience in her artwork through a highly intuitive process. “Academic knowledge about making a painting is inherent in what I do, but I don’t have it at the forefront of my mind when I work. When I start a painting, I have no idea what it will look like when it’s finished.” For the past five years her paintings have been loose, gestural, drawing-heavy, and abstract. Recently, her work has become more regular and geometric in form. “I still use some bright colours, but I’m moving in the direction of softer, quieter colours.” James will be exhibiting current paintings in LindaLando Fine Art’s group show Four from Hornby, along with three other Hornby Island painters: Carol Barclay, Graham Herbert, and Tim Schumm.
Represented by: LindaLando Fine Art, Vancouver; Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria; Axis Contemporary Art, Calgary; Front Gallery, Edmonton; Collector’s Choice Art Gallery, Saskatoon; Ken Segal Gallery, Winnipeg; and Waterworks, Friday Harbour, San Juan Island, U.S.A.