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James Faure Walker

Kingston University
London, UK
Studio Chair
24" x 34"

Artist Statement: Lately I have been thinking more and more about drawing, and some of these ideas are becoming part of the work I make. I draw the same motif - a tree, a chair - switching between a brush and a Wacom tablet, and play around with the differences. For someone like me, who has both a painting studio and a digital studio, drawing with line is one of the options that bridge the gaps between media. I still don't know the right term to use, because though I usually end up with a giclee iris print I do not feel I am a digital printmaker, a computer artist, or a digital painter. If I identify this work as 'drawing', and my larger paintings, which use similar techniques, as 'drawn paintings', then I am getting closer. What excites me is the continuing convergence between painting, photography and the digital. The processes, techniques and of course software can be so rich and surprising I sometimes feel like standing back and letting the pictures make themselves without any interference from me.

I have been using prefabricated components, sections of cardboard that I paint and build into temporary constructions before photographing. When I reassemble these drawings - which are overlaid with digital drawing - I may introduce quite arbitrarily an unrelated photo, a street scene. This may hold the attention and subordinate the rest of the picture, but it can also lift the mood of a picture, and activate latent contrasts.

In 'Studio Chair' there are two chairs, one being a small model in cardboard. The 'drawing' is laid around the floor, the picture surface, and I suppose the overall atmosphere is of uncertainty: the confusion and mess that is often the necessary prelude to a spell of creative activity.
Drawn Trees
25" x 31"

Pigeons, Kyoto
32" x48"

Figures in a Landscape
38" x 48"