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Artist Crush: Chelsea Bentley James

March 21st, 2011 · 6 Comments

I love these paintings by Chelsea Bentley James which I spotted over at The Jealous Curator. The subject matter (beat-up bathrooms and institutional hallways) is so unassuming and yet James renders her chosen subject (the meaning of which we can only speculate) with passion and profoundness.

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“Painting is a study of our existence, spirit, and environment, derived from experiences in life. I choose objects that evoke childhood memories, create situations of atmospheric mystery, and bring visual interest through interaction. I’m intrigued by subtle shifts in value and color; yet seek a personal interpretation of the objects rather than a replication. Personality is revealed through the process of painting. Abstract remnants from my process remain visible in the final product. The hand must obey the spirit. ” – Chelsea Bentley James

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.Her paintings remind me a lot of Jennie Ottinger’s work.

Doctor by Jennie Ottinger via Johansson Projects

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Kitchen (Scene from Death of a Salesman) by Jennie Ottinger via Johansson Projects