James Roper

My work explores a variety of subjects, from the heightened realities depicted in modern media to the perceptual effects of semi-abstraction, as well as the visual language of religious and spiritual iconography and narrative structures in my drawing and filmmaking.

Through the process of collaging figurative elements into semi-abstract compositions, within my drawing and paintings, I hope to direct the viewer into a visual state of limbo, where the brain attempts to pull the image together, to make sense of the recognisable parts, but instead is left with a shifting surface that fails to fully intergrate.

My new Kiazmus and Tesslar series have multiple reference points including New Age psychedelia, Tribal art, stained glass windows, the excesses of the Baroque and Haute Couture fashion, Japanese animation, video games and comic books. Built from collaging elements from an extensive library of images sourced from the Internet the compositions describe semi-abstract totemic deities and tribalistic motifs, modernised Jungian archytypes formed from the digital collective unconscious.

I use the collaging process to isolate out forms that I feel register a visual ‘peak shift’, the phenomena of neurological attraction that appears in both humans and animals to an extreme characterisation or reduction of an object to it’s most vital components. By collaging them together into the work, along with a vibrant use of color, my intention is to intensify these visual triggers even further - see 'Peakshift to Paroxysm' below for more detail

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James Roper

Born Knutsford, England, 1982.
2002-2005 BA(Hons) Fine Art (painting), Manchester Metropolitan University.
I live and work in Manchester, England.

Solo exhibitions

2011 All and Nothing, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

2010 Paroxysm, ROJOartspace, Barcelona, Spain

2009 Hypermass, ROJOartspace, Milan, Italy

2008 Into the Fold, FORSTER, London, UK

Group exhibitions

Tattoo the Girl, Mutuo - Centro de Arte, Barcelona, Spain
Even Flow, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Rarekind Manchester, 2022NQ, Manchester, UK
60 Drawings, Bankley Gallery, Manchester, UK
Surface Pattern, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Art on the Edge 2012, Vered Contemporary, East Hampton, NY

I Want My Music Video Art Show, Meltdown Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Art on the Edge 2011, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Prism 9, Gate 5, Sheffield, UK
Suggestivism, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA

SugiPOP!, Portsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, NH
SUPERUNKNOWN, Edel Assanti, London, UK
Chaosmos II, View Two Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Summer Group Exhibition, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
Art on the Edge: The New Contemporary, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Caged Bird Sings, Crypt Gallery, London, UK
Mirabilia, ROJOartspace, Milan, Italy

Natural Wonders, LeBasse Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Quinquennium Exhibitum, Nucleus, Los Angeles, CA
Summer Group Exhibition, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
Seasonal Change, LeBasse Projects, Los Angeles, CA
OCHO número atómico, ROJOartspace, Barcelona, Spain
OCHO delicate nature, ROJOartspace, Milan, Italy

Group: Focus 1, FORSTER, London, UK

Grafuck 3, Nucleus, Los Angeles, CA
Happy Days, John Jones, London, UK
Ten at One, FORSTER, London, UK
Dorian Gray, Vegas Gallery, London, UK
London art fair 2007: Art Projects, Business Design Centre, London, UK

Two not ten: Digital arts festival, Bargate Monument Gallery, Southhampton, UK
Exposures 2005: National student film festival, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK

Northern Graduates 2005, Curwen Gallery, London, UK
MMU@CUBE - 18 Modern Originals, CUBE gallery, Manchester, UK


Precursor: The Creativity Watchlist
Illustrators Unlimited: The Essence of Contemporary Illustration
Popshot magazine: Issue 6
Suggestivism: A Comprehensive Survey of Contemporary Artists
Papercraft 2: Design and Art with Paper
étapes: 188
ArtBox: Issue 11
Portland Mercury Vol.11 No.21
Hi-Fructose Vol.16
Lamono: Issue 65
Computer Arts: Issue 174
Pilot: Issue 3
Computer Arts - The Book of Inspiration
I.T Post
OCHO número atómico
Art Review: Issue 29
BELIO:28 Pop issue
Grafuck: Book 3
Dazed and Confused Vol.2 Issue 48
Chillzine: Issue 1 (Korea)