Ann-Marie James: Alchemy

30 November - 31 December 2020

Ann-Marie James draws upon cultural artefacts for inspiration, which are revered, poetic, beautiful or sublime. She has a particular interest in the ways in which the art of the past might be re-examined today, and is known for her rigorous research and celebration of art history. As such she was the ideal choice of artist to work in partnership with Wessex Museums to create works inspired by highlights from their collections, which became her new body of work, Alchemy

  • Chieftain - Wiltshire Museum

    Chieftain - Wiltshire Museum

    Ann-Marie James's Chieftain series is made in response to the Wiltshire Museum's Bush Barrow Lozenge, arguably the finest example of Bronze Age gold craftsmanship ever recorded. James began her complex working process for this body of large paintings by creating a silkscreen of the Bush Barrow Lozenge, with attention to its precise, geometric lines. Here, James thinks of the silkscreen as a brushstroke, used to build the composition of the painting along with layers of drawing, paint and medium. In the resulting works, exacting lines intersect with splashes of ink and gestural painterly marks, with a final layer of drawing in 24 ct gold.

     

    • Ann-Marie James Chieftain 1, 2019 Acrylic and gold leaf on board 160 x 110 cm | 63 x 43 1/4 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Chieftain 1, 2019
      Acrylic and gold leaf on board
      160 x 110 cm | 63 x 43 1/4 in
    • Ann-Marie James Chieftain 2, 2019 Acrylic and gold leaf on board 160 x 110 cm | 63 x 43 1/4 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Chieftain 2, 2019
      Acrylic and gold leaf on board
      160 x 110 cm | 63 x 43 1/4 in
    • Ann-Marie James Chieftain 3, 2019 Acrylic and gold leaf on board 160 x 110 cm | 63 x 43 1/4 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Chieftain 3, 2019
      Acrylic and gold leaf on board
      160 x 110 cm | 63 x 43 1/4 in
    • Ann-Marie James Chieftain 4, 2019 Acrylic and gold leaf on board 160 x 110 cm | 63 x 43 1/4 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Chieftain 4, 2019
      Acrylic and gold leaf on board
      160 x 110 cm | 63 x 43 1/4 in
    • Ann-Marie James Chieftain 5, 2019 Acrylic and gold leaf on board 60.9 x 45.5 cm | 24 x 17 7/8 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Chieftain 5, 2019
      Acrylic and gold leaf on board
      60.9 x 45.5 cm | 24 x 17 7/8 in
  • Archer - The Salisbury Museum

    Archer - The Salisbury Museum

    Ann-Marie James's Archer series is inspired by the late Neolithic flint arrowheads discovered in the grave of the ‘Amesbury Archer’ from the Salisbury Museum collection. From line drawings of two arrowheads, James produced rubber stamps in a variety of sizes which served as the starting point for her abstraction. These paintings incorporate swirling layers of white and gold acrylic, which James finally worked into with 24 ct gold leaf. The use of gold reflects the assumed status of the 'Amesbury Archer', who due to his elaborate grave is thought to have been a metalworker of high social standing. 

    • Ann-Marie James Archer 1, 2019 Acrylic and gold leaf on board 60.9 x 45.5 cm | 24 x 17 7/8 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Archer 1, 2019
      Acrylic and gold leaf on board
      60.9 x 45.5 cm | 24 x 17 7/8 in
    • Ann-Marie James Archer 2, 2019 Acrylic and gold leaf on board 60.9 x 45.5 cm | 24 x 17 7/8 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Archer 2, 2019
      Acrylic and gold leaf on board
      60.9 x 45.5 cm | 24 x 17 7/8 in
    • Ann-Marie James Archer 3, 2019 Acrylic and gold leaf on board 60.9 x 45.5 cm | 24 x 17 7/8 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Archer 3, 2019
      Acrylic and gold leaf on board
      60.9 x 45.5 cm | 24 x 17 7/8 in
    • Ann-Marie James Archer 4, 2019 Acrylic and gold leaf on board 60.9 x 45.5 cm | 24 x 17 7/8 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Archer 4, 2019
      Acrylic and gold leaf on board
      60.9 x 45.5 cm | 24 x 17 7/8 in
    • Ann-Marie James Archer 9, 2019 Acrylic and gold leaf on board 100 x 70 cm | 39 3/8 x 27 1/2 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Archer 9, 2019
      Acrylic and gold leaf on board
      100 x 70 cm | 39 3/8 x 27 1/2 in
  • Midas - Poole Museum

    Midas - Poole Museum

    These works on paper are inspired by a Roman glass head depiciting Bacchus from Poole Museum. A continual influence for James is Ovid's Metamorphoses, and here James uses Ovid's text of the tale of Midas, Silenus and Bacchus as her source imagery. James uses screenprint as a gesture, densely layering screenprinted text from the myth in various sizes, orientations, and gold tones. 

    • Ann-Marie James Midas 1, 2019 Imitation gold leaf on Arches paper 76 x 56 cm | 29 7/8 x 22 1/8 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Midas 1, 2019
      Imitation gold leaf on Arches paper
      76 x 56 cm | 29 7/8 x 22 1/8 in
    • Ann-Marie James Midas 2, 2019 Imitation gold leaf on Arches paper 76 x 56 cm | 29 7/8 x 22 1/8 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Midas 2, 2019
      Imitation gold leaf on Arches paper
      76 x 56 cm | 29 7/8 x 22 1/8 in
    • Ann-Marie James Midas 3, 2019 Imitation gold leaf on Arches paper 76 x 56 cm | 29 7/8 x 22 1/8 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Midas 3, 2019
      Imitation gold leaf on Arches paper
      76 x 56 cm | 29 7/8 x 22 1/8 in
    • Ann-Marie James Midas 4, 2019 Imitation gold leaf on Arches paper 76 x 56 cm | 29 7/8 x 22 1/8 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Midas 4, 2019
      Imitation gold leaf on Arches paper
      76 x 56 cm | 29 7/8 x 22 1/8 in
    • Ann-Marie James Midas 5, 2019 Imitation gold leaf on Arches paper 76 x 56 cm | 29 7/8 x 22 1/8 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Midas 5, 2019
      Imitation gold leaf on Arches paper
      76 x 56 cm | 29 7/8 x 22 1/8 in
    • Ann-Marie James Midas 6, 2019 Imitation gold leaf on Arches paper 76 x 56 cm | 29 7/8 x 22 1/8 in
      Ann-Marie James
      Midas 6, 2019
      Imitation gold leaf on Arches paper
      76 x 56 cm | 29 7/8 x 22 1/8 in
  • About Ann-Marie James

    About Ann-Marie James

    Ann-Marie James is interested in the way in which found images of works from antiquity and art history might be used to investigate her own responses to individual works, their themes and origins. Through repetition, obfuscation, abstraction and the exploration of material process, source imagery is re-contextualised and transformed to produce new hybrids. Her paintings in acrylic are built up through layer upon layer of materials and techniques, as well as references to the history of the discipline.

     

    Ann-Marie James (b. 1981) was born in Buckinghamshire, UK. She currently lives and works in Suffolk. Recent solo exhibitions include Alchemy at Wiltshire Museum, The Salisbury Museum, Poole Museum and forthcoming at Dorset Museum (2019–21); Sea Change at Lyndsey Ingram in collaboration with Karsten Schubert (2019) and Le Monde Moderne at Edel Assanti (2015–16). Ann-Marie James studied MA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art, London (2010–12); Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (2010) and BA (Hons) Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London (2001–04). Awards include the Artists' International Development Fund, The British Council (2016), Derek Hill Foundation Scholarship at The British School at Rome (2013–14), MFI Flat Time House Graduate Award, supported by the John Latham Foundation, London (2012). Residencies include the Wessex Museums Partnership (2018–19) and Kettle's Yard (2019).