Washed Up Rodeo Clown

James Kearns


Artist Statement: My art is a continuous exploration of internal and external influences, using paint, charcoal and collage on all surfaces, predominantly canvas.

Medium: Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas
Dimensions: 81.5 x 76 cms
Date: 2013
Condition: Good

CHG Directors Statement: James Kearns has strong links to rural Australia. In recent years James has held successful exhibitions both in Sydney and regionally with his work being acquired by the who’s who of the art world, successful business people and celebrities.

In addition to this, ties to mentor Ben Quilty - one of Australia’s leading artists - results in this rare opportunity for you to acquire a stunning art work that also has significant potential for capital appreciation in the future.

Notes by Kit Messham-Muir - Associate Professor, School of Design and Art, Curtin University, Perth: James Kearns draws upon archetypal iconography – birds, bulls, a fighter, a rugged landscape. And like Osmond the definition of his subjects is nearly lost in the looseness of Kearns’ semi-abstracted rendering. The bird at the centre of Kearns’ 'The Bird Played In The Bushes Of The Mehi', 2016, is echoed in the marks that suggest the tree and the background. To the left of the bird a roughly rendered twig reverberates with the line of the bird’s back, while to the right the form of its tail repeats across the lower portion of the image. The bird itself almost disappears. Although only one bull appears in this current exhibition, they are a recurring image in much of Kearns’ work. We can draw an obvious line from Picasso’s recurring use of the bull as motif, but Kearns’ bulls are very different. These images of bulls immediately evoke a kind of raw and particular masculine strength. Kearns’ bulls are muscular beasts, charged with potential energy and danger; yet in Kearns’ paintings their lines and tones are often broken and fragmented, diminishing the sense of power we might immediately perceive with that of defenselessness. Similar to the rendering of vulnerability in Osmond’s figures, Kearns’ paintings often create a tension between their expressive technique and the subjects they depict.

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