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Utterly contemporary, but with a deeply nostalgic feel, James’ pieces have previously sold out fast, although some of these hugely collectable works may still be available via one of our Fine Art Consultants. To secure yours before they sell out, see James' new work below.
McQueen operates behind a pseudonym, preferring his work to take centre stage. “Keeping behind the mask enables me to enjoy the creative process without being concerned about praise or recognition. I enjoy what I do and don’t want that to change or to be changed through judgement. I want my art to speak for itself,” he says.
He’s allowed a monkey in a top hat to be the star of his work because he wanted a mischievous character that he could identify with, and which would ally with his witty, provocative slogans. ‘’I can see a lot of the monkey in myself. I wear hats all the time; I’ve got about 10 in the studio and probably 20 at home. I always wear a hat, even when I paint, so of course the monkey naturally had to be wearing a hat. I am very vintage and like to surround myself with eclectic artefacts and collections. My house is like a sort of circus. For me, the monkey just adds a contemporary edge to something classic”.
A student of the human condition James takes inspiration from the people around him. Creating sardonic and subversive titles and epigrams with a take on contemporary life, James takes inspiration from his life experience, people he has spent time with and the way that people look at life. “When people see my work, I want to create a reaction. What’s art all about if it doesn’t create an emotion of some kind?”.
With a creative background in photography and woodwork and living in both London and New York for the past three decades, James McQueen is also a book collector, fascinated by the patina of age on vintage paperbacks, so is interested in creating the perfect look and condition of the finished piece – a book that looks like it has been loved.
“It’s too easy to do something clean. It’s too easy to do something with straight lines. It’s much harder to make something look old and tired”. He uses several layers of paint, which are then sanded down and finished with lacquer. “I wanted it to feel like you could literally take it off a shelf and it could be a book from 1974 or even 1945,” explains James. ‘’When you can take something that's so amazingly small and transform it into a large-scale piece of art is just amazing".
08/09/2022Discover our newest collections of art this month including exciting new releases from Richard Rowan, Nic Joly and Jon Jones.
12/07/2022The mixed media artworks of James McQueen incorporate Pop Art and graffiti elements. Following the sell-out release of his debut collection in February 2022, this limited edition release is sure to warm the hearts and homes of his collectors.
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