The Underwater Art of Alexander James

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.

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'In Pursuit of Things Past' at Dellasposa Fine Art, London

Dellasposa Fine Art, London, presents "In Pursuit of Things Past," an exhibition featuring works of still-life and portraiture by Darren Coffield and Isabella Watling. The exhibition will be on view through May 6, 2017.

"In Pursuit of Things Past" features a new series of paintings by Darren Coffield (b. 1969, London, UK) inspired by the 18th century French artist, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin. In true Proustian light, Coffield presents the everyday world as extraordinary through his observations and compositions. These still-life paintings resemble a jigsaw, aimed at subverting the viewer's expectations and relational perspectives.

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Darren Coffield – In Pursuit of Things Past

A new exhibition of still-life paintings by the provocative contemporary artist, Darren Coffield, alongside portraits by the rising portrait painter, Isabella Watling.

In Pursuit of Things Past offers a Proustian meditation on time, memory, and the aesthetic impulse.

Unveiling a new series of paintings by Darren Coffield, the artist uses as his motif still-life paintings after the 18th century French artist, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779). Darren Coffield draws parallels with Proust’s rumination on time past and time present by examining how we see and perceive the world around us.

Alongside Coffield’s portraits are recent works by the young apprentice to Velásquez and Titian, Isabella Watling. Trained at the Charles H. Cecil studio in Florence – the oldest artist atelier in Europe, where da Vinci is known to visit – Watling practices the sight-size technique of painting. She continues to paint from life, following in the footsteps of the Old Masters, by considered observation of her subjects; a vision in unison with memory, which expresses the greater reality of light, colour, and form.

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I Don’t Want Us To Be Remembered As Generation Selfie

Much has been written about the ubiquitous selfie, and whether you think it’s empowering or shallow, it’s certainly become a staple of our generation [...] Perhaps the antidote to the monster we’ve created lies in its origins: portraiture as an art form, to present an image which will make people feel something, have an opinion and a critical eye, beyond judging the whiteness of our teeth and the sheen on our hair. An upcoming pop-up art exhibition is doing just that and while I applaud their efforts, I worry that we’ll still forever be remembered as the generation obsessed with pictures of ourselves looking pretty.

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