James Little at June Kelly Gallery

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I went to June Kelly Gallery last evening for the opening of James Little‘s new show, Never Say Never.  James has become a good friend over the years. I first met him in 2009 when working on supplementing a corporate art collection for a  client in Oklahoma City.  I actually discovered James online, via a website called Geoform.  His work was so vibrant and striking that it really stood out to me. We scheduled a studio visit and the rest is history. When we saw his work in person it had a whole other dimension of texture and color that is impossible to represent by photography.

The thing that initially drew me to James’s work is his masterful use of color. I chose to post this new work by James (above) first because it shows a new direction for the artist (a good thing) while also maintaining his ability to make the eye vibrate and play on geometry through the juxtaposition of color. It’s particularly difficult to photograph because the colors are  more subtle and the texture isn’t visible, but in person it’s absolutely stunning.

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I wore my new Marni dress to the opening thinking James would appreciate the play of patterns – turns out he dressed up for the occasion too – check out that suit!

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James and me in front of my two favorite new pieces of his.

Karen Wilkin wrote a very eloquent piece on James. I like how she described his new direction, “A meticulous craftsman, he makes his own materials, which may account for the intense hues and sensual surfaces that dispute – in a beneficial way – with his severe, measured compositions. One generalizes about Little at one’s peril, however; a recent group of square canvases with quadripartite divisions ring changes on encounters between diagonal elements and a range of delicate grays. But these works, too, make the same demands on us that his full-throttle color paintings do: to pay attention and allow his inventive orchestrations of geometry and chroma to delight our eyes and stir our emotions and intellect.”  – excerpt taken from James Little: Recent Work by Karen Wilkin, Jan 2013

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