James Aldridge

Born in 1971 - United Kingdom


James Aldridge was born in 1971 in London, UK. He lives and works in Sweden.

Aldridge’s paintings on canvas are influenced by imagery from natural history field guides, Renaissance landscapes, John James Audubon’s watercolours and heavy metal album covers. Inky backgrounds, washes, and soft smoky areas of paint are offset by more graphic and silhouette forms, and his juxtaposition of realistic and heavily stylised depictions of nature invite us to reassess our relationship with the natural world.

“I live in Sweden now, in a very rural area, in a forest. My relationship with Nature has always been important to me. It’s something I can’t explain to myself. Even living here it’s something I feel slightly outside of, something that’s slightly mysterious. There’s something very melancholic about the Swedish landscape. You do get a sense of the folklore and all the associations Nature has with that kind of framework. There is a spiritual, religious belief which I don’t actually have. It’s the idea of making sense of something that is too hard to comprehend.

I am really interested in the idea of belief and how that is manifested in images. I’m trying to believe my images as I make them. So the elements in the painting can have a real physical charge or reaction, which is what I’m seeking. Rather than a narrative it’s more like a psychological space; with a feeling or atmosphere which comes from them.” Quote from James Aldridge, CV/Visual Arts Research Archive, Interviews – Artists, 2010

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"James Aldridge", Mental Kingdom, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
"James Aldridge", Presence, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (Denmark)

"Bloodlines", Poppy Sebire, London (UK)

"Unnatural Order", Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

"James Aldridge, Place Of Skulls", Galería Casado Santapau, Madrid (Spain)
"Sworn to the Dark", Suite, Wellington (NZ)

"Blackened", David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (Denmark)
"Halo of Flies", Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

"Creaping Death", Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice (Italy)

"A murder of crows", David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (Denmark)

James Aldridge: Chapter Residency and Solo Exhibition, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, Wales (UK)

Northern/Black River Valley", David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (Denmark)


"Empty Distances", Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (US)
"Theatrical Gestures", Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya (Israel)

"The First Cut", Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester (UK)

"El Ojo del mirlo", Galeria Isabel Hurley, Málaga (Spain)
"Apopcalypse Now", Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
10/4, A Private Collection, Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen Herzliya

"The New Chapter", Poppy Sebire, London (UK)
"Bi-Cultural", Suite, Wellington (NZ)

"Interzone", Björkholmen Gallery, Stockholm (Sweden)
"In the Pines.", David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (Denmark)
2. Bienal de Canarias, Bienal de Canarias, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

"Von dem was dann noch bleibt", Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden (Germany)

"Bird Watching", de Vishal, ruimte voor beeldende kunst, Haarlem (The Netherlands)
"Normally Queer", Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA (Australia)
+ PLUS +, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden (Germany)
"Summer Show", Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
"Space between", John Creasey Museum, Salisbury (UK)

"Paper Cut", Voges + Partner Gallery, Frankfurt/Main (Germany)

"Accideantal Death", David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (Denmark)

Independents Biennial 2004, Independents Biennial, Liverpool (UK)

"Good Bad Taste", Keith Talent Gallery, London (UK)

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