JAMES ETTELSON - artist
James Ettelson resides in the lush northern beaches of Sydney, Australia where he spends his days surfing and painting. The young artist's work is a breathtaking exploration into both the rhythmic beauty and chaotic nature of a million delicate strokes, so we had to catch up with him...
1. Who are you?
My name is James Ettelson. I'm a 30 year-old artist currently working out of Sydney, Australia.
2. Describe your medium and the process of your work?
l like to look at positive things, which I convey through lots of vibrant colours. My practice involves working on large-scale canvases using multiple layers of colour and different application techniques. As the painting evolves I add more and more detail. I’m interested in creating depth in a unique way - not though perspective or dimension but with layered marks.
3. How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
From a young age I’ve always loved doing creative things. Growing up I had a few different jobs but ended up coming back to the thing I loved most - painting. Working on my first solo show I realised, with certainty, that this is want I wanted to do.
I’m influenced by lots of things, but particularly our contemporary age of technology and social media. I like to portray the humorous and absurd side of our culture - the ridiculousness of ‘Instagramming’ a meal rather than eating it, or the ironic depersonalisation of Tinder. I’m very influenced by the environment that I’m working in. I prefer to have lots of space and need to be near the ocean.
4. What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
I’m excited that I get to paint everyday. As long as I’m making art, I’m happy.
I struggle not being able to turn my brain off from thinking about painting.
5. What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
The main thing is to keep creating new work. I want to make sure I’m always moving forward.