b. 1986, USA

Dana James Biography

Dana James' moonlit paintings are akin to a nightlight discovering its way through caliginous explosions and fractured, multi-panel constructions. Energetic bursts of color grow up from the ground, evoking windblown nature, roaring oceans or the stillness of a manmade swimming pool. The shifting light of iridescent paint, a material quintessential to James' work, resembles the transient flashes of color experienced upon falling asleep, or a sweeping landscape briefly illuminated by the headlights of a moving car.

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Through the assemblage of both new and recycled pieces of canvas, each painting wears its own process-based history. Used, dirty canvas is bifurcated by bright, garish color creating a surface that speaks to the evolution of time and temporality. The contradictory nature of James' paint handling calls our visual memory, and the way in which it serves us, into question. James deliberately places contrasting materials and processes next to one another through the act of pouring paint, creating multi-dimensional layers of wax, throwing loose pigment, and mark making. The pieces are then constructed into asymmetrical panels, breaking out of traditional square and rectangular painting modules, and initiating an active dissonance and harmony. At once dark and feminine, James' paintings are dreamily immersive in warm and colorful beauty, but we are actively looking over our shoulder for dark detonations.

James states "My paintings act as panorama of linear time; they serve as a reminder that we are small and predictable creatures, incessantly creating and shedding beautiful accounts of the earth and its elements. Upon completion, they are visual diaries that speak to contradiction, a latency caromed by intermittent activity."

Dana James (b. 1986) is a painter and New York native now residing in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2008. Her work has been the subject of solo presentations at the Lodge Gallery (New York), Urban Gallery (Philadelphia) and Union Gallery (New York) among several others. She has been featured in numerous group exhibitions including_Breaking the Frame_, Hollis Taggart Contemporary, The Thread, a two person show with Lizbeth Mitty, M. David & Co. Brooklyn, NY, and Silence is Accurate, Capetown South Africa. Her work has been presented in exhibition spaces and art fairs across the U.S and can be found in private and public collections including the ISLIP Museum of Art and SIA in Cape Town, South Africa. James has been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic, Artforum and_Art Critical_.

Dana James Featured Artworks

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The Night Shift by Dana James contemporary artwork painting
Dana James The Night Shift, 2021 Oil, encaustic, and pigment on canvas
152.4 x 106.7 cm
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Hollis Taggart
Soft Treasure by Dana James contemporary artwork painting, ceramics
Dana James Soft Treasure, 2021 Oil, encaustic, and pigment on canvas
127 x 91.4 cm
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Hollis Taggart
Honey Pot #3 by Dana James contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Dana James Honey Pot #3, 2021 Oil and encaustic on linen
76.2 x 40.6 cm
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Hollis Taggart
The Shy Spectre by Dana James contemporary artwork painting
Dana James The Shy Spectre, 2021 Acrylic, pigment, and ink on canvas
91.4 x 76.2 cm
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Hollis Taggart
The Swimmer III by Dana James contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Dana James The Swimmer III, 2021 Pigment, oil, encaustic, and foil on canvas tarp
76.2 x 76.2 cm
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Hollis Taggart
The Western by Dana James contemporary artwork painting
Dana James The Western, 2021 Oil, encaustic, and pigment on canvas
91.4 x 76.2 cm
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Hollis Taggart
Quest for the Damsel II by Dana James contemporary artwork painting
Dana James Quest for the Damsel II, 2020 Oil, pigment, encaustic and on canvas
91.4 x 76.2 cm
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Hollis Taggart
Monarch (The Intrepid) by Dana James contemporary artwork painting
Dana James Monarch (The Intrepid), 2021 Oil, encaustic, pigment, collaged paper, and acrylic on canvas
152.4 x 127 cm
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Hollis Taggart

Dana James Recent Exhibitions

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Hollis Taggart contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Hollis Taggart New York
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