PP53 - The Vermeer's daughter
PP53 - The Vermeer's daughter is a large painting made during a session of Presence Painting Performance. I met M. during a contemporary art exhibition in Paris. I was immediately seduced by her, by the moles on her skin. Quickly we found a common passion, the wine tasting. Few weeks later she joined me in my large studio in Paris near the "Bibliothèque de France". She arrived in a green beautiful luxury dress and original tights. There was a special atmosphere with her in the workshop. The July light, the reflections on the metal bowls of paint, her pretty dress, the way she was walking in heels on the floor smeared with paint. I don't know why the title of the painting immediately came to my mind "Vermeer's daughter" . We tasted a bottle of burgundy while making the painting.
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. Since 2005, 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.
***DESCRIPTIONS & DETAILS***
Theme: Flowing Painting
Series: Presence painting season 8
Title: PP53-THE VERMEER'S DAUGHTER
Date of completion: 2011 ( 21-07-2011)
Place of realisation: Bibliothèque de France -Paris (Fr)
Signature: BACK James Arax
Mixed technique: Acrylic, gold pigments, glue, red, green, black ink, lead pencil on canvas
Support: Nylon canvas
Size: 78,70inx66,93in 200cmx170cm
Area: 3,4m2 Height: 2,00m Width: 1,70m