Artist Interviews #4 - Artistic Abstraction - James Richardson


What makes for great art? Many have pondered this question over the years - some attributing subtlety and tedious attention to detail to the enduring success of the best works.

But, this approach falls flat in the face of such exquisite artwork as is skillfully produced by artists such as James Richardson (@hartartwsm), who explore the very boundaries of materials, technique and expression with their creations.

James's art is unpredictable - at times staggeringly complex, at times deceptively simplistic. Regardless, his uncanny sense of direction in each of his pieces effects a cohesive, deliberate feel; understandable yet vague.

A mindtrip; his work beckons viewers to places they never knew they wished to go. Swirls and errant lines depict scenes otherworldly in nature, yet quotidian in concept. In short, it's hard to look away.

His fine art's existence is its own justification, however, awards certainly don't hurt anyone...

James has recently been awarded first place for one of his creations by Clevedon Pier in their "Art for All" exhibition, where it will be showcased among many other excellent works in June this year.

Here, we've a few of his stunning tableaus to rattle our minds with along with his intriguing answers to a short series of questions about his work and mindset. Enjoy!

How long have you been an artist?

Since the day I could pick up a crayon. Through school I would doodle all over my books and not listen to class, so a while.

What methods and implements do you use in your work?

I use pencil, oils, water colours, fire, water, tech, wax, ink, chalk, charcoal, everything, I free hand sketch, usually onto paper, it holds the colours easier, I use everything at my disposal, and of course my imagination.

What artists have you been influenced by?

I have been foremost influenced by my Grandfather, a wonderful artist, secondly my cousin, Scott McKenzie, who wrote and sang the song "If You're Going to San Francisco" - wonderful imaginative musical artist, then Picasso, Gustav Klimnt, and finally David Hockney.

Is there anything you struggle with as an artist?

I struggle terribly with compliments.

At Christmas for an example I was the child who opened his presents upstairs, away from the lounge gatherings.

I don't know how to react well to compliments.

People ask, how are you so good, which is your favourite? I reply, "Am I?! None of them, I'd burn them all!" Haha

What advice would you offer a young or novice artist?

My advice is this. DONT TRY TO PLEASE ANYONE.

Don't give a damn who you upset, political correctness, fear of being judged...

If art flows through your veins, let it carry your idea from your brain, through your veins, down to your finger tips and let your hands do the talking.

Much thanks to James (@hartartwsm) and to you readers for tuning in. Be odd!


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