The private, enigmatic artist continues to produce works inspired by classic paperback book covers, emblazoned with quotes which can be both provocative and poignant. His latest collection is entitled If You Ever Leave Me I'm Coming with You, which was successfully exhibited at London's Halcyon Gallery.
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.
Consequently, these paintings are as much about paint and colour as they are about the Penguin covers. The visible layering of paint creates a sense of depth and dynamism which, combined with the complex interaction between colours, shares affinities with the Abstract Expressionists, particularly Mark Rothko. McQueen’s artistic methods include the use of spray paint which gives the pieces a contemporary, graffiti-influenced feel and urban edge.
McQueen’s love of vintage books which have been much-read and showing signs of wear has translated into his mixed media pieces influenced by classic paperbacks. “Everyone who owns it has put their little stamp on it, like a tea mark, pencil scribbles, or folded page corners,” he says. “I want to reimagine the dust jacket of a classic book, retro aesthetics with a provocative modern twist."
Shop a selection of the iconic original paintings above, or for enquiries relating to specific titles and artworks that you’re interested in please speak to our art consultants to discuss your requirements. Alternatively find out more about James McQueen’s work and view his full collection here.
04/05/2023James McQueen brings four new limited edition prints from his witty Non Fiction collection to Castle Fine Art. The private, provocative artist continues to produce his work inspired by classic paperback covers, emblazoned with sometimes outrageous, sometimes thoughtful, titles.
06/10/2022Provocative and private artist James McQueen’s hugely popular Non-Fiction collection is back with its third instalment, featuring two limited-edition mixed media artworks
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