Collative Spotlight – Sandra J. James – Artist
The New Year is progressing nicely here at Collative Pro and we have some fantastic things to share this year.
Speaking of fantastic things to share, today we present a very fine and talented artist, Sandra J. James. Her art is very unique, to say the least, and is definitely the kind of art that gets the mind wondering. Let’s get to the interview and see what we can learn.
Sandra James with Cavaliero Finn – London Christmas Show Dec 5th-6th 2015
Come along and take a look at my sculptures in the flesh, my work will be shown in the gallery’s next show, here’s the latest news as featured on their website.
Cavaliero Finn’s home gallery in Herne Hill, London, opens its doors once again for a Christmas Show featuring a stunning collection of contemporary ceramics, textiles, paintings, sculpture and bespoke design – all chosen with Christmas gifts in mind with prices from £20 – £4000.
Visit the show to see new work from painters Joseph Goody, Gill Rocca, Tony Beaver, Helen Ballardie, Catherine Knight, Angela Charles, Mia Cavaliero and Cameron Fraser and new drawings by Alison Griffin. Also featured will be: a selection of ceramics by Alice Mara, Fliff Carr, Sophie Cook, Mizuyo Yamashita, Jo Davies, Daniel Reynolds, Richard Brendon, Janet Stahelin Edmondson and Vanja Badjulz; textiles by Mineheart; bespoke furniture by Sam Edkins andAlexena Cayless and sculptures by Sandra James, Rowena Brown, Matthew Chambers and Pia Wustenberg.
Cavaliero Finn exhibited at the Autumn show 2015 and I was delighted to feature in such a well attended event alongside some very talented artists. Visiting the art fair was a worthwhile experience it’s amazing the range of artworks on offer, and it was fantastic to see my sculptures on show!
Interview with Cavaliero Finn
Working with Debra and Juliana is fantastic, they are totally professional and are on hand to offer advice, which is especially relevant to an emerging artist. Take a look at my blog interview for the gallery as shown on their website.
Cavaliero Finn teamed up with Somerset Art Works to offer a bursary to up and coming artists in the Somerset region. We had a large number of applications but it was Sandra James’s work that caught both Juliana’s and my eye. When we first saw Sandra’s work we instantly knew we had to see the work in the flesh and find out more about the work. We were not disappointed. We loved the elegant forms of her sculptures, the contrast of black, white and red, the juxtaposition of materials used and the dialogue she creates between harmony and tension. We knew she was right for our portfolio.
Here’s a short interview with Sandra talking about her work and her artistic journey. By Debra Finn
Winning the Creative Pathways Bursary: Marketplace Development with Cavaliero Finn / Somerset Art Works, has been a fantastic platform from which to showcase my work. The London/Somerset gallery has been instrumental in my development as an emerging artist and featuring in their recent Somerset show alongside well known established artists has generated some great publicity – Simon Barber putting my image on the front cover of Evolver and featuring inside with an interview by Fiona Robinson, as well as featuring in Period Living Magazine online blog by Robin Savill!
By Robin Savill October 2015
Somerset Art Weeks offers the perfect opportunity to get inspired, and buy an original piece or two from venues supporting the fabulous work of our local artists. I was, therefore, absolutely delighted to find contemporary art and design gallery, Cavaliero Finn in this year’s Somerset Art Weeks guide. Already being an ardent fan of their taste in highly original and beautifully crafted pieces with, as they put it: “…a stand-alone aesthetic beauty that will stand the test of time,” I just had to pay them a visit.
By Fiona Robinson, September/October 2015
Sandra James’ sculptures, small forty to fifty centimetre high structures, are deceptive. At first glance they are reassuringly smooth. Elegant plaster forms whose pristine white edges contain areas painted with shiny black enamel paint, creating flat richly dark centres with a depth which visually destabilizes the viewer.
But move around this work, observe it from a different angle and you are confronted with a gritty unfinished, friable surface. James has developed a technique fusing plaster, enamel gate paint and builder’s sharp sand. These three apparently incompatible materials, intentionally suggest levels of human interaction and experience, the unexpected combination highlighting an inherent risk of deterioration. She exploits the fragility, in terms of longevity, of both the ordinary everyday materials she is using and relationships between people. These are forms that mirror the unremarkable day-to-day functioning of human relationships, posing the question: value or futility? …
…A choice well made since it resulted in her being awarded the Somerset Art Works one year Bursary in conjunction with Cavaliero Finn to develop her work within the context of the marketplace. So essentially it launched her career, post degree.