I have been a fan of James Bullough for a while, even before he had a mural in Richmond, which I think is just absolutely amazing. He works in a ton of different mediums which I also really respect. He grew up in Washington DC and now operates out of Berlin. His urban upbringing and love of graffiti and street art is combined with his rigorous training in Old Master oil painting technique. His work is beautifully, realistically painted, but sharp, angsty, and often, site-specific.
He has murals all over the world of figures that are disjointed and cut up. This gives his pieces a great energy and movement that is extremely engaging. His composition and approach to the figure is even more impactful because of the beautiful realism and technique in the actual paintings. Some of his most recent work is paintings of dancers, which I am obviously attracted to. Dancers are great subjects for his work because of their dynamic qualities and their emphasis on movement. In a few of his recent pieces, he paints on the panels of old Berlin dance studios, which is a really interesting blend of painting, site-specific work, movement, and his own personal technique and approach to the figure.
Of dancers he says, “The human form is possibly the oldest and most repeated theme in all of art. I can think of no other subject in the realm of imagination more fascinating, tantalizing, familiar, provocative, and graceful than the human body and the endless possibilities of its positioning and movement. The human form is something that all people can relate to and connect with and is a perfect tool to create mood and emotion in a painting.”
I think he is awesome and I love the energy his work has. I hope my work is a quarter as impactful and exciting as his is and I am really inspired by his approach to movement and the body.
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