Image by Kenton James http://kentonjames.com "Papillon" by Kenton James (c) 2011
SCOOP studios Contemporary Art Gallery is proud to present “Cinnamonworld,” a solo show by Kenton James on March 4th.
In the most recent series of Kenton James’ oil paintings, chaos and the surge of modern American life are captured in layered images. Using multiple exposure composition, each piece literally blends different narratives of people from mundane to alluring moments. Shades of grey, in the predominately black and white paintings of Cinnamonworld, reveal abstract shapes, contrasts and patterns to communicate powerful perspectives uniquely identifiable to 21st century American life. In James’ largest painting to date, Papillon proves that grace and beauty of a ballerina is as powerful as the force and strength of raring horses.
Self-taught artist Kenton James is originally from Appleton, WI. Born in 1980, he spent some childhood in North Carolina before finding his way to Charleston. James is considered a contemporary figurative painter who has sought out to portray multi-layer realism. The fascinating ordinary life scenes entice the viewer to move in and out of the chaos to find harmony. James has been able to take urban grit and give it dimensions relaying the true complex beauties of each moment.
The artist reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. and coincides with Charleston’s French Quarter art walk as well as Gallery Row’s First Friday’s on Broad. SCOOP studios will be providing complimentary refreshments to guests of the gallery as they stroll through the free and open to the public establishment. The show will remain up through March 26th.