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 previous 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 contemporary art gallery directly opposite the home she was raised in, in South Norwood SE25, which closed in March 2020 due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.
“No tree can grow without its roots”
“My first creative fascination was photography. Looking down the lens was like a different world, a form of escapism. As a mixed media artist I really enjoy exploring different mediums.
I am particularly drawn to nature and inspired by the natural shapes forms and patterns of repetition found in our environment; each linking to its neighbour as each equally rely upon the other and are necessary for its existence, evolution and visual depiction of purpose.
One linking to the next and relaying their immediate relationship and role which is not always instantly comprehended or appreciated but is in itself beautiful.
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.
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."