Dana James creates a spectrum of pastel toned colours which creates a note of contradiction in darker, vivid fields of color in fractured multi-panel constructions. Her work oscillates between energetic, impulsive strokes, at once dark and powerful, then combines a matt-coloured poetry with a determination of drawing in straight lines and forms. See a line. See that it can be straight, thin, broken, filled or empty, curved or thick. James works with used canvas and bright, garish color which creates a surface that speaks of temporality. James places contrasting materials and processes next to one another, creating multi-dimensional layers, throwing pigments, mark making and drawing.
Dana’s process involves a combination of acrylic, ink, oil and charcoal; with encaustic painting which involves wax, fabric and resin. James imagery captures the abstract by deconstructing her materials into discrete elements and reforming them into new compositions. Making invisible things visible in her studio, James creates works of the fallible nature of certainty, of distant memories, of imaginations in intermediate worlds. The gestural process of Dana James’ multifaceted paintings are imagined notions of other places, the anxious scribbling of radical doubt, the poetry of illusion, the act of delusion; and sometimes it all speaks at once.
"My paintings act as panorama of linear time; they serve as a reminder that we are small and predictable, incessantly creating and shedding beautiful accounts of the earth and its elements. Upon completion, they are visual diaries that speak to contradiction, a latency caromed by intermittent activity."
– Dana James
Dana James was born in 1986 in New York. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts, NCY, and successively had solo shows in JAG Modern in Philadelphia, PA; Attic Studios Gallery, at Envoy Gallery, and Union Gallery, all New York, NY. Her work has been widely shown throughout the United States. In 2020, Dana James had her first solo exhibition Otherwise All Was Silent, with Bode Projects in Europe. The artist lives and works in New York, NY, US.