Acrylic on canvas, hardboard, vinyl and perspex
James Aldridge’s paintings explore notions of natural beauty inspired by images taken from nature books, bird watching guides and fabric prints. At Barts, Aldridge has created a series of painted screens that frame the windows of the second floor waiting room. In creating this work, Aldridge has drawn together influences from ancient Roman frescoes and nineteenth century French wallpaper. He has chosen to depict ‘twilight’ because as he explains, ‘it is a magical, almost unreal time. I wanted the play of light on the screens to allow the landscape to appear to change rather than being fixed at a certain point. I hope the layers within the work will provide viewers with a visual journey and space for contemplation.’
Aldridge was born in Kent in 1971 and educated at The Royal College of Art and Manchester University.