Interview with James Earley
I am a self taught artist and I paint in a realism style people who live on the very edge of society such as the homeless. I have exhibited my work in London, Paris, Madrid and Amsterdam.
Could you please introduce yourself and tell us how you started in the arts? and your first experience in art making?
I started painting at a very you age but I chose a career in business and law so for a twenty year period I did not paint at all. It was only after my daughter spent seven months in hospital that I decided to paint again as this helped me escape the stress and anxiety. I am now a full time artist.
How would you describe yourself and your artwork?
I am an artist that paints with emotion and I hope my art shows this emotion.I paint people who are invisible to the world and who live on the edge such as the homeless. I want my art to scream.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I remember seeing a painting by Caravaggio for the very first time and I was struck by its darkness and emotion. He was a complex character and I like what he was saying through his art
What emotions do you hope the viewers experience when looking at your art?
I hope the viewers are pulled into the painting, I hope they see sadness yet also hope. Ultimately I hope that they will never forget my work.
When do you know that an artwork is finished ?
I never really think an art work is finished
What has been the most exciting moment in your art career so far?
My first show that was in Amsterdam
How long does it take to produce one work?
About 3-4 weeks
What exciting projects are you working on right now?
I am working on a series of work that focus on mental health
Do you have any upcoming events or exhibitions we should know about?
I have been asked to travel to the US and paint portraits of people who have been on death row and then exonerated.
I also have a major solo show at Southampton Art Gallery.