All the XS paintings on paper of the PRESENCE PAINTING PP42XS series (21cmx17cm/14,5cm 8,3x6,7/5,7in) are made with the still fresh paint of the XXL matrix painting realised during the Presence painting performance* n° 42. This series brings together 21 paintings on paper.
Here, James met the model C. "The Girl met in a champagne house » during a contemporary art exhibition in the cellars of the Pommery champagne house in Reims (Fr).
James creates an artistic performance called Presence Painting Performance (3P). It’s a new type of portraiture, an augmented portrait to catch the presence of the model. For each painting James invites a new person-model whose presence inspires him. James met this person-model during a contemporary art exhibition in the cellars of the Pommery champagne house in Reims.
Since 2006, he has produced 100 unique artistic performances.
Concretely what’s Presence Painting Performance? It’s an augmented portrait and a disruptive form of model representation, an assemblage work combining different medias: an XL matrix painting 200x170cm / 78,7x66,9in which is the masterpiece, a series of paintings on small papers, photos of the person-model in front of the painting, photos of the artworks staged in the studio, videos of the painting session. There is always an original spatial and artistic device : camera, remote control, video screen, egg chair 360°. All these artworks allow James to capture and restore the presence of the model.