James MacLellan


BFA Visual Arts, 2005, Emily Carr School of Art & Design

My interest in painting lies in the economy of expressive languages available to a discipline that relies upon brush, pigment and a two-dimensional surface. To this end, I am interested in the underlying "why?" of the painted image in the age of technological reproduction. If the measure of successful representation is the degree to which something is truthful or accurate, painting falls far short of the ideal. Its value lies in the idiosyncratic formal and aesthetic 'choices' of a given artist. It is valuable because it is expressive, because it champions the vagaries of the human eye and welcomes the mistake. I believe in a mode of representation that alludes to its own insufficiency.