Slow Burn (2019) is an example of how external circumstances influence the artist’s life. Especially for James Busby (1973, Rock Hill, SC, USA), who, meanwhile he was building his own studio, got in touch with certain kind of materials which are completely new for him. And namely from a wood block comes the inspiration for this piece: starting from a piece of wood from his own studio, the artist kneaded it and painted it until it became an artwork. For the artist the conceptual value of art is crucial: when we hang an object on the wall and we admire it, that object is not the material of which it is composed anymore, and it transcend its materiality in the concept of artwork and becomes a source of contemplation.
James Busby was born in 1973 in Rock Hill (South Carolina) and lives and works in Chapin, South Carolina. In 2003 he obtained the title of Master of Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. His artistic research is centered on dexterity and attention to the constructivist legacy, in order to better investigate the reality of the work and return to the origins of painting. He assures that his works do not represent other than their own materiality.
Busby’s works are the result of a long and rigorous process, most of the time the work begins on a wooden support, on which plaster is spread so that the layers accumulate slowly. Once the desired thickness is reached, the artist then smooth’s, a process characterized by rigorous attention to detail and which gives the work a textured effect.
The works of James Busby can be considered open, due to the possibility of continuous variations according to their spatial disposition. The reflective quality of his works requires the viewer to move around until he suggests an almost infinite number of visual experiences, every time a reflection changes.
Several exhibitions have been dedicated to James Bubsy, among the personal ones to remember are Talking in Code, New Paintings and Drawings (2015) at the Reyonolds Gallery in Richmond and Life Around Here (2016) at the Kravets | Wheby Gallery in New York. In April 2019 he participated in the duo exhibition Aftermodernism A perspective on contemporary Art James Bubsy Justin Samson at the Mucciaccia Contemporary gallery. Busby is part of the Aftermodernism artistic movement founded by the collector Hubert Neumann, exhibitions dedicated to him were held in London, Paris, Stockholm and Istanbul. He has participated in various art fairs in Miami, Houston, Stockholm, Istanbul and New York City, including the International Armory Show in New York, Untitled Art Fair, Scope NY and Untitled Art Fair, Miami.