James Lumsden

Website: http://www.jameslumsden.blogspot.com

Email: jlummy@aol.com

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Reflex, 2014, 108cm x 106cm, Acrylic on canvas

Echoes (10) 2013, 90cm x 75cm, Acrylic on canvas

Echoes (11), 2013, 90cm x 75cm, Acrylic on canvas

Contrapuntal (1/14) 2014, 120cm x 120cm, Acrylic on canvas

Contrapuntal (3/14), 2014, Acrylic on canvas


My work is primarily concerned with process – building translucent glazes of paint until an illusion of light and depth are achieved. The process involves the application of multiple (up to 40 or more) thin glazes of acrylic paint and gloss medium. Each layer is dragged, pulled or manipulated with various implements – the process being repeated layer upon layer until the final painting begins to emerge. Arrived at by both chance and deliberation, the final painting reveals varying chromatic strata, which can be seen through the translucence and depth of the work.

I aim to make paintings which are luminous, seductive, sensual and atmospheric. I am fascinated in how the raw materials innate to the medium can be turned into something poetic – an object filled with light, feeling, atmosphere and emotion.


Born Inverness, Scotland (1964). Lives and works in Edinburgh. James Lumsden has been the recipient of several awards including a Scottish Arts Council Creative Development Award and a Royal Scottish Academy Residencies for Scotland Award. Recent solo exhibitions include Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London (2013, 2011, 2009, 2005, 2004, 2002); Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Canada (2012 and 2010); MAC, Birmingham (2006); An Tuireann, Isle of Skye (2005); Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland (2001) and Aalborg Trienalle, Denmark (2000). He is represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London and Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Canada.


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