James is a classically trained artist with a wealth of experience in both speed painting and his signature, blow torch art. Mixing art with performance, James can create spectacular art right before your very eyes in a matter of minutes. James is an extremely versatile performer and artist who is available for bookings in the UK and around the world.
If you are looking to book a speed artist or a live event painter, then James is certainly one to consider. He can create bespoke commissions that are able to be sold for charity auctions and also create brilliant pieces of art that are perfect for special private events such as weddings and more.
Burn paintings are created through the process of burning images onto the canvas. Preparatory sketches are first drafted and are later drawn with pencil onto the raw canvas. Once the pencil drawing is on the canvas, a blow torch is used to carefully burn the contour lines and details of the image. Following the burning of these finer details, dark values are scorched with the blow torch onto the canvas.
This process creates under-burning, also known as the under-painting in traditional painting methods. With the under-burning complete, pigments are added to the canvas. The types of pigments used are crushed charcoal, India inks, crushed tempura and acrylic, all mixed with large amounts of water. Finally, after all, the pigments have been added, a torch is again used to give the painting a burnt finish.