Working with giant water tanks and a camera, a thirst to create something meaningful inspires artist Alexander James’s single edition prints
Alexander James is an artist wholly dedicated to his work, in a particularly literal way. All his photographs concern water, often submerging his subjects in huge tanks, capturing the natural world in complex ways and stunning detail.
Dellasposa Fine Art Mayfair will be opening its doors to their latest exhibition ‘Death of The Dream’, comprising of new works by contemporary British artist Alexander James. From 4- 17 September, two bodies of work will be shown.
Alexander James has earned a reputation as someone working within one of the most demanding studio practices today. Last time we spoke to the artist, he explained his attraction to water a medium for photography, and how it serves as an analogue special effect in his work
Dellasposa at The Herrick Gallery in Mayfair will be opening its doors to their latest exhibition ‘Death of The Dream’, comprising of new works by contemporary British artist Alexander James. From 4- 17 September, two bodies of work will be shown.
LONDON.-Dellasposa Fine Art announces the highly anticipated exhibition Death of the Dream. The work by distinguished British contemporary artist Alexander James unveiled by Dellasposa Fine Art, in association with Herrick Gallery, between 4th - 17th September, 2017.
The artist Alexander James disagrees. He has been producing underwater photographs of flowers and people for the last three decades, always wrapped up in Romanticism: the melancholia of everything being temporary and already gone; the exquisite beauty; the fated end; the sublime.
The exhibition delves into the art of dying and our fascination with momento mori in art. Featuring works from Alexander James’s Vanitas series on A Beautiful Announcement of Death. In addition, the show features a large-scale sculpture, Razzle Dazzle, and a site-specific installation Each Day, by British sculptor and photographer Gail Olding.
For over three decades English artist Alexander James has explored the mechanics of water as visual representations of life and humanity within his intricate and powerful image making. We spoke exclusively with the esteemed photographer discussing his artistic career thus far and where he finds inspiration.
Creating meticulously crafted sculptural scenes; involving hand made dresses, breeding butterflies, growing flowers and even to the making of Ophelia’s 24 carat gold halo; this is a monastically dedicated process involving prolonged periods of studio confinement; this process imbues a deep and harmonious dialogue with the chosen subject that is ultimately to be encased within a vast dark underwater landscape.
To call Alexander James a photographer would, he suggests, be to miss the point. “To spend a year on a piece and then define it by the final fraction of a second can be galling,” says the London-based artist.
Hauntingly breathtaking, contemporary artist Alexander James’ underwater photographs were shot in Russia when the artist slept next to a tank filled with 200 tons of water, asking random strangers to be the subjects of his piece.
Alexander James is a fine-art photographer who loves to shoot underwater. His latest work was shot in Russia where he lived in an old factory building, sleeping next to a tank filled with 200 tons of water, asking random people in town to become models for his drowning art.
Alexander James (b1967) is a photographer with a difference. Rather than capturing the moment spontaneously, James creates intricate sculptural compositions submerged in huge tanks of purified water as the object for his camera.
Meeting Alexander James was such a treat. Surrounded by monumental images from his “Vanitas” series within the coveted walls of The House of St Barnabus in Soho, Alexander oozed honesty, brilliance, commitment and intellect; notions seconded throughout our discussion.
Alexander James has established himself as a renowned exponent of underwater photography. His work has been exhibited across the globe, principally in London, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Sydney and Paris. Yet his prints have nothing to do with fish, there is no SCUBA gear or waterproof cameras involved. Over a period of years he has perfected a method of immersing his subject matter in water in an attempt to make his photographs look more like paintings.
"Still life” is surely one of the finest word couplings in the art historical vocabulary. It is a perfunctory and poetic term, making its meaning clear while leaving room for cerebral ping-pong. It makes you stew. The “still life” must, classically, refer to inanimate objects arranged for a portrait; a freshly cut cantaloupe spilling its seeds beside a dead pheasant. But stretched beyond the literal, the still life seems to scratch at the paradox of representation. What does any work of art do, if not stop time? And what has a work of art achieved, if it cannot make life from inorganic matter - inert smears of pigment, or light imprinted on paper?
At first glance these works look like they could pass for 16th century still life paintings, yet they are photographs and Alexander James goes to great lengths to create the perfect work in astonishing detail.
london-based photographer alexander james has begun releasing images from his ‘glass’ series – a collection of photographs born from a process that naturally removes all the pigment from the capillaries in rose petals, developed specially by the artist.
Underwater photography, that is the area I have never explored and would love to get into it when I have spare time. In the mean time, I have recently discovered this talented photographer named Alexander James and he has created some amazing still life underwater series. Today, it is my honoured to bring you into his underwater world.