James Wyper’s work explores metamorphosis, changes of state of being, and shifting perceptions of reality.
Wyper’s system of organic forms bounded by regular squares was inspired by aerial views of the man-made world overlaid on the natural; the grids of roads and land parcels neatly drawn over water and land. Like plants that propagate through fences, Wyper’s paint doesn’t always respect the borders of his square grid; colour leaks, seeps and drips across the boundaries. His paintings, though inspired by landscape, represent human emotions, states of being or methods of perceiving the world. Both permeable and contagious, emotions and thoughts propagate and cross the ‘borders’ between people in an organic way. We transform each other.
Wyper states that, “Paintings are the high-fidelity records of a certain alchemy; inert paint, subject to thousands of acts, can be transformed into provocative artwork”. Accordingly, he keeps his paintings “open to the viewer”, with the underpainting showing in places, and the story of knife marks, brush strokes, paint drips and fingerprints easy to discern. His juxtaposition of vibrating, emotional colours reveals an optimism about human experience, and a willingness to see the sacred in the mundane.
JAMES WYPER a self taught artist, James Wyper practices and exhibits in Western Canada
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one of Western Canada's premier urban visual artists. With his roots firmly planted in the graffiti art culture, he has kept the boundaries ever pressed by what he creates.