The magical, layered acrylic works of Dar James.
I am a painter who paints brightly colored, joyful and ethereal acrylic works on canvas. The backgrounds are meticulously built up, over the course of days, with many, many layers of transparent drips, each layer drying between the next, creating depth and lending a beautiful effect to the image that often resembles hand-painted fabrics or batik.
My trees are universal symbols that conjure metaphors of life,
family, community & love.
I use two techniques to create them... one that builds up the branches and leaves in many layers and another that uses negative space, creating a "window" to what is essentially a painting within a painting. The final layer is a vast array of dot-work done with a dip-nib pen and acrylic ink which quite literally lights them up. In a commitment to design aesthetic, I extend the motifs of each work onto all four sides of the gallery wrapped canvases.