JAMES ROPER, abstract painting and classical inspiration

James Roper, 1982, is an artist currently living and working in Manchester.
He is a painter, a graphic designer, a sculptor and an illustrator. His practice is various, geometric and colorful with a Japanese animation influence that distinguish his peculiar and charming style.

"My predominant work to date has been the 'Hypermass' series which references the baroque sculpture of Catholic iconography and how it uses techniques of exaggeration of the folds in robes and cloud formations to express 'spiritual energy'. This style ironically manifests as a lustful, extremely physical, materialistic aesthetic which is also apparent in Japanese animation where the images I use to construct each composition are appropriated. Forms such as hair or body structure are highly caricatured in anime resulting in a fantastical version of reality, that is almost 'more real than real'. By isolating out these parts my intention is to intensify these visual triggers so they form a sort of optical hyperactivity. 

For more information: www.jamesroper.com

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