Nailsworth artist James Green joins Banksy at forthcoming London exhibition


05 Mar 2020   |  Journal

American social justice campaigner Cesar Cruz once said that art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.

It’s certainly an apt description for the forthcoming London exhibition, Asylum, which will feature the abstract paintings of Nailsworth artist James Green.

Green, who works from a studio in Rodborough, will be returning to The Crypt Gallery beneath St Pancras New Church to join some of the contemporary art worlds leading figures for this three-day event.

Taking place between 25th to 28th July, the line-up includes the famous Bristol-born street artist Banksy.

It’s a feather in the cap of the former Tetbury’s Sir William Romney’s School pupil who went on to study Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art.

Green’s career has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and his work is starting to receive international recognition.

Aristotle said that ‘No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness’, and that’s definitely at the core of the exhibition’s theme, James says about the show.

The same could perhaps be said of Green’s latest artwork, ‘Two Slices of Bacon’, which depicts the late artist Francis Bacon in both realism and in expression. A collaboration with realist painter Mason Storm.

Art for me is about putting my personality down on paper and I can do that with spontaneous, abstract paintings that I could never hope to reproduce. They are genuinely one-off, unique pieces, he says.

Thanks to perservering with expressing my own style, my work lives in collections around the world.

I might not produce what people expect from an artist based in the countryside with deer running outside the window, he says of his modern style.

You’d think I would specialise landscapes, but I want to make work unique to only myself, he explains. And that is massively important to me.