James De Villiers

James was born in Pietermaritzburg, KZN in 1954. He studied at the Orange Free State technicon and has since participated in numerous exhibitions and group shows across the country. In 1994, he was part of starting the New Art Space that was used as a workshop and Fringe Art space in the Johannesburg Biennale. In 1995 he was the Fringe coordinator of the Africus Johannesburg Biennale. 

 

His work is greatly inspired by and reminiscent of the Dutch Masters and their attention to detail and light in still life paintings, while being conscious of more modern art - from the Impressionists to the Romantics. His subject matter contemplates that of Medieval Art and the handling of symbolism through representative objects. By painting objects that are so heavily layered with meanings and symbols, De Villiers juxtaposes and plays with the power that each object has, while remaining the style and technique in the contemporary world and as such allows for new meanings and interpretations to come forth.