Contemporary Art | James Wyper

Farm assemblage 2018 mm 36x109
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Farm Assemblage

Technique: mixed media

Dimensions: 36x109.5x4.75 in.

Price: $7,500 Cdn.


Farm Assemblage was inspired by a recent 2000 kilometre solo drive across the prairies. I was reminded of the materials of farm construction, the heavy galvanized steel of quonsets and grain bins, tin roofs, metal siding, all of which are found on buildings which are usually hand- assembled by their owners.

All the materials in Farm Assemblage were salvaged from metal recycling yards or flea markets, including the 1950's Lincoln pressed-steel toy grain truck, which I found in a recycling bin on Pender Island, BC. The barn was built from salvaged red toolboxes and parts of an old white mailbox. The aluminum pieces with the drilled-out rivet holes are from a helicopter found in a junkyard. The sun is an old tile saw-blade, and the dark green steel is from a John Deere tractor.

This artwork takes everything I've learned from painting geometric abstractions and melds it with the child-like joy of finding objects and assembling them in an interesting way. Each day of making Farm Assemblage was satisfying, and it was exciting to solve all the challenges provided by the materials.


About the Artist

Canadian artist James Wyper was born in British Colombia in 1971, and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, home of modernist painter William Perehudoff, whose work was particularly inspiring, and the excellent Mendel Art Gallery, which was an influential childhood sanctuary.

His bright, geometric paintings explore the idea that state-of-being (consciousness) is causal. They illustrate states of meditation, ecstasy, spontaneous spiritual realization, and transcendence. James' liminal paintings are active devices which emanate the energy of the intention of their making, and reflect to viewers their own state(s) of consciousness.

James lives on Pender Island, near Vancouver, with the author Marlo Johnson, and their rescue dog Ana. His work is collected and available internationally, and he welcomes mural and painting commissions.


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