Nathan James "Punchlines" @ KK Outlet, LondonJuxtapoz // Thursday, 17 Oct 2013
We have been quite obsessed with the paintings of Nathan James on the site over the past few months, probably because he has a whole new batch of pop surreal paintings that just opened at KK Outlet in London entitled Punchlines. Jake Chapman of the famed Chapman Brothers notes of James' work, "Like all the best art, Nathan James’ new paintings challenge the idea that beauty is a universal term."
Nathan James’ current series of paintings, Punchlines, is based on the idea of subverting modern life’s most aspirational images and using them to take a grimly comic, darkly humorous look at contemporary life. Painting in oil (often making his own paints) onto canvas or linen, James takes images of Americana, advertising, pin-ups, Hollywood and traditional beauty and injects them with his own feelings towards the characters and the scenes they inhabit.