Video Featuring Abstract Artist- James Little

Recently, I'm been feeling a little burned out on abstraction. So while surfing the web aimlessly looking for some spark of inspiration, I came across this Youtube video about James Little's recent show at the June Kelly Gallery shot by James Kalm . For me the best part of the 10 min. video was the studio visit, Kalm conducts with Little.

There's great footage of the studio and works in progress. Also Little shares his views on the current state of modern painting in America and the need for a distinctly American voice in the contemporary art scene. I find that intriguing and in line with my own thinking. I was particular taken with the fact that he acknowledges being influenced by the art critic, Clement Greenburg. (Greenburg was an early champion of Jackson Pollock).

Imagine that, an artist admitting that he was influenced by the writings of an art critic. Does that even happen anymore?

On seeing the works hanging in the gallery, I was impressed by the size and quiet energy radiating from them. What made me really stop and look was when Kalm mentioned that James Little used an encaustic and oil combination as his medium. To paint that large with hot encaustic wax must be intense. Encaustic painting is a a technique that uses melted wax and pigment. Apparently, Little also adds oil paint to his wax for an even more dynamic effect.


Nancy Natale said…
Thanks for posting this video visit to James Little's studio. It was amazing to see the size of the work coming out of his studio, and I enjoyed hearing his views on painting.

If you're impressed by the large size of his encaustic works, you should take a look at Howard Hersh's work (also a Californian). He makes huge, poured paintings also in geometric arrangements like James L.
Nancy Natale said…
P.S. Your website looks great and I liked your work a lot. I think "Juicy Music" was my fave.
Princess Rashid said…
Nancy, you are welcome. And thank you! I appreciate that you visited my website. "Juicy Music" is one of my favorites too.

ALso thank you for the Howard Hersh link! What a great body of work!


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