Elizabeth - Artist / Director
Elizabeth James was born in 1975 in Croydon South East London to mixed heritage-parents. Her mother is white english and father from the nature island Dominica in the Caribbean.
Her love of art began in her childhood and has been a prominent part of her life ever since. After dropping out of art at high school she would spend hours in her room repeatedly sketching and exploring the use of pencil and charcoal. She was captivated by the way black and white blends together and the shades of grey in between. Elizabeth is influenced by artists such as Eve Arnold , Irving Penn, Rene Jacobs, Dali, Gaugin, Jackson Pollock & Mondrain.
It wasn’t until 2004 Elizabeth took what seemed to be a giant leap and started to paint with oils and as she felt confident to use colour in her work. Today her preferred art medium is photography. She first began exploring the camera at 9 years old in her back garden in Croydon. In 2005 she took an online course to help her understand the mechanics of her camera and a new world of creation was born. When shooting her subjects, Elizabeth likes to achieve clean sharp images often shooting sections leaving a little to the imagination; she tends to get very up-close and personal with her subjects.
In the last couple of years Elizabeth has shown her work in Works on Paper Art Fair at The Science Museum in London, the Aston Martin showroom in Mayfair London and exhibited works from the Colour in Motion series in Masterchef Gordon Ramsay’s London House Restaurant.
Voted 4th in Tabish’s Top 5 artists at The Other Art Fair April 2014.
In December 2016, Elizabeth opened her first art gallery directly opposite the home she was raised in, in South Norwood SE25.
As a child, my first creative fascination was photography. Looking down the lens was like a different world, a form of escapism. I thought only I knew the world down the lens and understood because it was viewed through my eyes. In adult life I have grown to realise I enjoy working in many mediums as a fine artist.
I have always been drawn to the elements & repetition in nature and feel a deep connection to the ways in which it presents itself in our beautiful world.
It’s variety of unpredictable shapes, shadows, reflections, colours and texture particularly intrigue me. The beauty of water, its powerful yet graceful nature and the currents & energies often missed in our day to day lives. It is often only in moments of meditation & stillness that the form and beauty of a single drop is appreciated.
When my work is viewed I hope you will feel the energy as it was created and enjoy the ethereal qualities of the forms as they have a delicate beauty that makes the artwork seem not to be part of the real world.
I look for the interesting in the ordinary; it seems to sharpen my senses.
The outcome is a personal exploration of my subject matter.
I am always aiming for the point where form, function and meaning intersect seamlessly. Capturing the visual rhythms in natural flow is a way of gaining a glimpse of our environment we barely notice or have words for but connects us all.