Artist James Rawson (b. January 2nd, 1989) resides in Norfolk, England and is a postmodern pop artist. Predominantly working in the medium of collage and painting, Rawson found no inspiration in the beautiful Norfolk landscape he grew up in; instead, the landscape of pop culture fed his artistic drive.
James’ work blurs the boundaries between collage and painting, using preparatory paper collages as reference for his larger paintings. He aims to reflect the multi-layered visual experience we all live in. Appropriating the very images that have become implicit in our society, James’ work disturbs our sense of reality and confuses our perception of popular culture.
James’ work addresses some of the most important issues of the last 50 years; over consumption, greed, inequality and life as a spectacle. James’ work screams at you — there is no room for prevarication. It deals with the ubiquity of advertising, sex selling everything, fast food and TV as the drug of a nation. So perhaps you don’t like what you see, the bawdy reality, the cheap thrill, the constant accumulation of sweet things, processed and plastic things to unnatural things: but it doesn’t take away from the fact — it’s the truth.
James completed a BA Honors in Fine Art at Loughborough University in 2011 and currently lives and works in Norfolk, England.
1989 | Born in Norfolk, England
2010 | Bachelor of Fine Art, Loughborough University, England
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 | Reload Gallery, Leamington Spa, UK
2015 |‘Leeman, Rawson & Reihal - an Art Opening’ Reverie Arts, San Francisco
| ‘Summer Lovin’, Parlor Gallery, New Jersey
| ‘Summer Send Off’, Think Tank Gallery, Los Angeles
| ‘Willowbrook’, Zebra one Gallery, London
| Red Dot Art Fair, MAC Fine Art, Miami
| ‘Cultivate’ Soze x Modernica Collaboration, Soze Gallery, Los Angeles
2013 | Spectrum Art Fair, Miami Beach, Florida
| ‘Grand Opening’, MAC Fine Art, Miami Beach, Florida
2012 | ‘Diversity in Style – British Art for the future,’ Olyvia Fine Art, London, UK