Who am I? James Presley

To all the Pollocks the Bollocks fans that have visited my site, I am finally going to reveal my true identity. I started doing this blog in August and have had a tremendous success with it. Not only that but I have enjoyed doing it so much and I will continue to do so. I have sort of run out of abstract expressionists to blog about but would appreciate any ideas and I am sure I will think of more, but I intend to keep writing about abstract art, maybe not biographies all the time but whatever I can lay my hands on and I hope my faithful readers will keep coming back.

Guitarras que hacen amor 2005 © James Presley

So who am I? My name is James Presley and I started painting about 5 years ago and have passionate about it ever since. I love to express myself and don’t feel at home doing landscapes, figurative art, or or anything like that. I never used to be able to understand abstract art and what the artist was trying to say until I saw ‘Pollock’, the movie, with Ed Harris. It was such an insight into the artists mind that I really felt moved by it. Not long after I went through a traumatic experience in my life, and as a therapy I began to paint. I had a lot of time and did it every day. I felt so relaxed and so switched off from the world, that I never stopped. One day I went to this cafe and I noticed they were exhibiting so I spoke to the Manager and said I would like to try it, and she agreed. I just wanted to see what people thought, and was what I was doing expressing anything to anybody else. I left a comments book at had useful feedback.

Africa , 2003 © James Presley

At the time I wasn’t really sure what I was doing and hadn’t found myself. I was just experimenting really. I wanted to drip and splash, but I was afraid people would say that I was copying so I carried on experimenting. I discovered that I loved to paint on huge canvases, because the surface gave me more room to express myself. On a smaller canvas I felt enclosed as if there were a fence around the edge. Below is the first large painting I produced. It was about 3 meters long and 1 meter 80 centimeters high. It was absolute bliss painting it.

Eyes in the forest 2005 © James Presley

Over the next couple of years I began to experiment with the drip and splash technique had some exhibitions and people liked it. So I carried on, did some bigger ones smaller ones, sold some gave some awy, and painted everyday, well almost.

spring Dance 2005 © James Presley. 300cm x 150cm

I had been living abroad for 14 years and decided it was time to go back to England, as there was nothing else for me to do in Hungary. I had made a bit of a name for myself had several exhibitions and enjoyed my stay there, but I felt that maybe England could offer me more. Then I discovered that England did not inspire me, well at first it didn’t anyway. I had to leave all my paintings in Hungary, although I have managed to get some back now.

Nature – divided 5. 70cm x 100cm 2006 © James Presley (one that was left behind)

One day in August 2006 I went and bought a massive canvas and just painted. A few months later I read about an international art competition, and thought I would give it a go. I entered the painting, and after a while completely forgot about it. Then suddenly found I had won an International art competition. I couldn’t believe it, it took forever to sink in.

Flowers and Space – Blue.
Winner of Abstract and Experimental Category, Artist of the Year 2007.
77cm x 122cm 2006 © James Presley.

Anyway, I am getting somewhere now, and I do want to be recognized and have major exhibitions and maybe one day have a show in The Tate Modern, Or MoMa. If you put your mind to it anything is possible.

Here is a statement I wrote on my own website:

I believe art can be a learned process, it is also natural and a matter of what we see, feel and where we allow our hands to dance on the canvas, or our hands dance without our minds controlling them. You can learn the techniques but you cannot learn to tell your mind to be satisfied with the techniques you have learned. When I am with the paintbrush, I always feel like we are dancing together, sometimes harmoniously sometimes against each other. Sometimes we are dancing the Tango, sometimes a Waltz, sometimes we caress each other to a slow romantic dance and sometimes we are in aggressive moments of passion. If there is harmony, it is possible to produce something which shows harmony, if there is no harmony then you may as well put the brush down until you feel it come back.

Please visit the site and if you are representing artists I would be interested to talk if you are. James Presley The Web Gallery