James L Williams work will be on display at Anchorlight Wilmington (1A S. Front St. Wilmington, NC 28401) from Friday, April 19th to Friday, May 17th.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 19, 6-9pm
Fourth Friday Reception: April 26, 6-9pm
Closing Reception: May 17, 6-9pm
James intuitive style fuses vibrant, layered acrylics and collage to recreate a cartography like appearance of places and spaces he visits. Combining his formal fine art training from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro with his fascination and respect for many African American outsider artists – from Mose T to Sister Gertrude Morgan to Winfred Rembert – James understands the importance of claiming your space.
James uses art to remake space and place. He constructs a world where we are free to bring our whole selves.
James begins each work by exploring the world around him and taking photographs of buildings, outdoor environments, and interior spaces that inspire him. James works primarily with acrylics and collage. His meticulously maps dense, layered color, ink, tape, paper-weaving, and graphite to create multiple dimensional renderings of his new worlds.