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James Tatum SWAc

Solo exhibition June 2017 at White Space Art, Totnes

James Tatum moved from Canada to the UK in the late eighties. He is a self-taught artist who has drawn and painted all his life, but only since retiring from his career in industrial design and engineering, has he gone on to blossom as a landscape painter.

Tatum explores the landscape in a variety of mediums. Paintings start en plein air in watercolour or acrylic, based on his observations and experiences. Back in the studio these may be painted over in a very abstract fashion, before more representative elements are restored, usually in oils or acrylics.

“My goal in painting is to show the world in a personal way. It often involves simplifying the scene to try to capture its essence as I see it. I am particularly interested in the effects of light, shadow and movement.

“The paintings often incorporate the use of rough textures as the picture may warrant. I am interested in trying to capture my direct and often passionate responses to a scene which convey something of what it felt like to be there more than mere depictions.”

Selected exhibitions

Defiant Landscapes, 2015
White Space Art

Land and Sea
October 2013

 

  • Gorse in Every Month, Dartmoor by James Tatum SWAc
  • Evening, The Seventh Wave, Start Point, Devon by James Tatum SWAc
  • Incoming Tide, Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon by James Tatum SWAc
  • South West Coast Path, Near Coleton Fishacre by James Tatum SWAc
  • River Exe Estuary, from Starcross by James Tatum SWAc
  • Spring Green, Dartmoor by James Tatum SWAc
  • Calm Sea by James Tatum SWAc
  • Ah Summer! Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon by James Tatum SWAc
  • Reflections in the River Dart  by James Tatum SWAc
  • Silver Birches, Harcombe Forest, Devon by James Tatum SWAc
  • High Onshore Winds, Near Exmouth by James Tatum SWAc
  • Last Light, River Exe Estuary by James Tatum SWAc
  • River Exe, Late Afternoon by James Tatum SWAc
  • Down to the Sea (Bigbury) by James Tatum SWAc



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