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James Tatum SWAc

Solo exhibition June 2017 at White Space Art, Totnes

James Tatum was born in 1944 and moved from Canada to the UK in 1987.  He has drawn and painted for most of his life but only became a full-time painter recently, following a long career in industrial design and engineering. James is largely self-taught, although he has had lessons from David Tress, with whom he now paints on an occasional basis. He is an accomplished landscape artist, whose work is full of energy, light, and atmosphere.

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


  • River Exe, Late Afternoon by James Tatum SWAc
  • High Onshore Winds by James Tatum SWAc
  • River Exe by James Tatum SWAc
  • High Summer, Dartmoor by James Tatum SWAc
  • Exe Estuary, Winter Morning by James Tatum SWAc
  • Haytor by James Tatum SWAc
  • South West Coast Path, Coleton Fishacre by James Tatum SWAc
  • High Winds, Near Start Point by James Tatum SWAc
  • Down to the Sea (Bigbury) by James Tatum SWAc
  • Dartmoor Morning by James Tatum SWAc
  • Haldon Woods by James Tatum SWAc

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