It Is What It Is - Original Artwork by James McQueen

The private, enigmatic artist continues to produce works inspired by classic paperback book covers, emblazoned with quotes which can be both provocative and poignant. We are privileged to host an exhibition of James McQueen original artworks at our stunning gallery in the heart of Manchester. 'It Is What It Is' runs from 16th to 30th March 2023 so why not pop along for your rare chance to view these exclusive artworks.

The exhibition was held at our Mailbox gallery back in February - take a look at this stunning collection in our highlight reel here.

McQueen’s captivating works remain extraordinarily popular and in incredibly high demand – they will be exhibited here in a unique opportunity to acquire them in his first major solo exhibition outside London. Find out more about James McQueen’s work and view his full collection here.

Shop a selection of the iconic text-based original paintings below, or for enquiries relating to specific titles and artworks that you’re interested in please speak to our art consultants to discuss your requirements.

Rags To Riches

James McQueen

Everybody Lies

James McQueen

Pipe Down Bitch

James McQueen

In the Studio

James McQueen is a British artist who works between London and New York, and his technique involves layering the canvas with an abundant application of paint in many colours and shades. Once dry, he sands the work down so that a multitude of layers are visible in the finished piece. Finally, the surface is covered with lacquer to add extra richness and vibrancy.

The visible layering of paint creates a sense of depth and dynamism which, combined with the complex interaction between colour, shares affinities with the Abstract Expressionists, particularly Mark Rothko. McQueen’s painstakingly developed artistic methods includes the use of spray paint which give the pieces a contemporary feel and urban edge; his complex process elevates the book covers towards an art that is rich and expressive yet remains distinctly relatable.


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