James Nye

Artist Statement

In my paintings the beauty is in looking and not necessarily what you are looking at. So whether they consist of clouds, graffiti or people, means little. What matters to me is how these things are given shape through the fundamental principles of light.

My paintings are rooted in the realist, descriptive tradition of oil painting. I try to paint honestly, accurately and economically. I use a camera to try and capture what I see. Fleeting moments of light. Quick glances.

The photograph outlines the scene and becomes the starting point for me to express my ideas. What is uninteresting and what is beautiful are the questions I pose to viewers.


James Nye was born in Kitchener and grew up in Ajax and Pickering. After graduating from high school he moved to Vancouver Island where a slow and steady process of awakening took place. This is when I discovered painting.

Within two years I was studying art full time at the Victoria College of Art. I graduated in 2002 and have since moved back to Ontario. Kitchener has been my home now since 2004.

To contact James:
email: eimajeyn@gmail.com
website: www.jamesnye.com
phone: 519.742.7786

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