Graeme's work is an abstracted response to landscape and interiors where the energy of mood, pattern and colour suggest a response. For years his focus was on portraiture, but travelling through landscape brought its beauty increasingly into focus for him and with it a desire to capture its essence. For him the influences are Abstract Expressionism, particularly Mark Rothko, and other work that investigates context in a spiritual way, including such artists as Lanyon, Hichens and Hodgkin, and the sculpture of Moore, Hepworth, Calder and Serra. Some are more abstract than others, but all have passed the test of creating an engagement with the viewer which is deeply moving.
James likes to explore both thrown and hand-built stoneware forms - some functional, some purely sculptural. Tactility is an important feature of his work.
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