Presenting an iridescent chorus of blue Morpho butterflies from the exquisite series, Transparency of a Dream (2014), these new work continue the artist's work with Lepidoptera, comprising several generations of individual butterflies delicately overlaying one another. The series serves as a meditation on the most important on-going themes of life and mortality within the artist’s oeuvre, while simultaneously surveying the aesthetic force of the photographic medium. Throughout his practice, Alexander James has adhered to a doctrine of ‘in camera purity’, eschewing digital film and post-production editing in favour of analogue techniques.
The scene of the descendent butterflies dancing in space is captured underwater. For Alexander James, the introduction of water serves its purpose both symbolically and as the functional device through which to achieve the painterly execution of these works; with the interaction of brushes and the artist's bare hands on the surface tension of the water, literally painting the subject in light.
Dellasposa is delighted to announce our inaugural exhibition, Face | Time, opens 4 November 2016. The exhibition presents portraits of time past and time present; referencing the faded memories of the Old Masters while at once pushing the subject into the 21st century.
It is always a joy to see the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. It is an opportunity to view an array of artwork by all levels of artists from across the country.
Masterpiece Art Fair opened this week amid continuing speculation over the effects of Brexit on the art market. Despite concerns about the economic fallout from Brexit, many exhibitors remained optimistic.
The recent Contemporary Art auction at Sotheby's, held on 28 June 2016, affirmed that London remains a vibrant, global hub for the art market, despite the previous week's Brexit vote. Of particular note, Jenny Saville's monumental painting, Shift, set a new record for the artist; it sold to Liu Yiqian's Long Museum for £6.8 million.