American painter James Bullough has created a pair of Giant portraits in Berlin Germany for the highly anticipated grand opening of gallery Co Verlag. Opening parallel to Berlin Gallery Weekend and the Berlin Biennale, these massive portraits are sure to grab the attention all who see them in person. Bullough describes his work as such:
“I find a piece of wood in the street or a used canvas in the trash and I have to have it. I can see the potential in this second hand, flat surface. This abandoned scrap is the perfect starting point for a painting of mine.”
As a child growing up in the suburbs of Washington DC, James was enamored with the edgy, urban, “in your face” graffiti art that he saw through the windows of the DC subway. In his teens he began sketching and eventually devouring anything he could find with even a hint of graffiti inspirited imagery on it. As he began feeling the need to make art of his own, it was no surprise that this was the type of imagery that came naturally to him. With no formal training, experimentation became the rule rather than the exception. Out of sheer inexperience and lack of resources he began working with unconventional materials and processes. Abstract fields of deep space began to emerge on scraps of found wood painted with little more than left over remnants of latex house paint. More recently he has been interested in the paintings and techniques of contemporary realist oil painters. He has begun exploring the teachings of the Dutch Masters and painting highly rendered oil paintings of contemporary imagery.
“In my current body of work I explore the balance between these contrasting elements. Abstract graffiti inspired backgrounds live with color and texture are met with intensely realistic images. Highly rendered portraits float atop layers of ambient space and geometric forms. Contemporary street art techniques and materials collide with those of the realist oil painters I so admire.”
Editor: Reneé Lamothe (reneelamothe.carbonmade.com)
Cinematographer: Adrian Buendia (visualgarbage.com)