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James Bentley captures the gaze

James Bentley captures the gaze

December 15, 2011 | figurative painting | No Comments

In my work, rather than creating literal interpretations, I react to what I feel. The outward appearance of the subject may be different from what I see and feel. I try to catch the gaze, the presence, the intensity and the nuances that makes a person come alive. That is what interests me and that is what I paint.

In my process I like the work to go very quickly. I focus completely and remove all expectations. The speed makes me work with what is in front of me and the decisions are made in the moment. I must trust myself in order to move forward.

My current art works build on the experience gained from having created previous art works. The experience of producing each piece, successful or not, is carried over to the next piece. All is used in the end.

Dans mon travail, je désir traduire mes réactions vis-à-vis mon sujet, plutôt que de recréer littéralement son image. Son apparence réelle est souvent bien différente de ce que je ressens et vois. Cette perception me permet de capturer l’essentiel de ce qui rend une présence vivante. Et c’est cela qui m’intéresse le plus lorsque je peins.

J’aime aussi travailler rapidement. Une approche qui m’alloue de rester concentrer sur le sujet et de prendre des décisions en lien avec mes impressions.

Chaque œuvre exprime finalement l’expérience du travail cumulé par ses précédentes. C’est une confiance qui fait progresser mon travail.
James Bentley

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