James Nares  (British, 1953) 

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James Nares (British, b.1953) is famous for his nonobjective paintings that seek to capture the exact moments of their creation. He was born in London, UK. Nares relocated to New York, NY, in 1974. He is known for employing single but intricate gestural brush strokes in most of his works. Grace Glueck, New York Times art critic, describes the effect of Nares's paintings as a combination of Japanese calligraphy and the 1960s cartoon works of Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997). His Modernist paintings, done with brushes he personally designs, effectively capture and record motion and the passage of a moment on canvas. His method involves repeated strokes that eventually create a precise representation. Nares attended the Chelsea Art School in London from 1972 to 1973. He later studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1974 to 1976.

Nares's paintings have been prominently featured in films and videos focusing on a wide variety of artistic concepts such as, movement, artistic repetition, and rhythm. His work is exhibited in various museums in the United States, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Albert-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. He was accorded artistic recognition by the Anthology Film Archives in 2008. Some of his major solo exhibitions include 1976: Films and Other Works at Paul Kasm Gallery, in New York in 2012, and Mixed Use, Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices 1970s to the present in 2010 at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.

Nares’s other solo exhibitions include New Paintings in 2004 at the Hamiltons Gallery in London, UK, and the New Paintings and Chronophotographs exhibition in 2005 at the Goss Gallery in Dallas, TX. His works were also featured in the Painting and Sculpture exhibition at the Lehman Maupin in New York, in 2010. Rizzoli, a leading American publication, will publish a monograph dedicated to Nares's works in 2013. It will focus on his contributions to the world of art in the past four decades. Nares currently lives and works in New York.

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James Nares, Step Up

 

James Nares
Step Up
2013

Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
James Nares, Damian

 

James Nares
Damian
2014

Senior & Shopmaker Gallery
James Nares, Sweet Hindrance

 

James Nares
Sweet Hindrance
2010

Kohn Gallery
James Nares, Untitled

 

James Nares
Untitled
Peach Editions
James Nares, How's My Driving

 

James Nares
How's My Driving
2013

Paul Kasmin Gallery
James Nares, Blacktop

 

James Nares
Blacktop
2013

Paul Kasmin Gallery
James Nares, Burn Rubber

 

James Nares
Burn Rubber
2013

Paul Kasmin Gallery
James Nares, Broadway Rap

 

James Nares
Broadway Rap
2013

Paul Kasmin Gallery
James Nares, Hit the Road

 

James Nares
Hit the Road
2013

Paul Kasmin Gallery
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James Nares, Epigraph 1 - 5 (set of 5)

 

James Nares
Epigraph 1 - 5 (set of 5), 2005
color screenprints

 

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James Nares, Untitled

 

James Nares
Untitled, 2010
oil on paper

 

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James Nares, Untitled Abstract

 

James Nares
Untitled Abstract, 1990
oil on paper

 

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1953   Born: in London, England
1972 - 1973   Attended the Chelsea Art School, London, UK
1974 - 1976   Attended the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1994   Taught Advanced Painting at New York University, New York, NY
  Lives and works in New York, NY
2010   Mixed Use, Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices 1970s to the Present, Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (solo)
New Paintings and Film, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
The Armory Show, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Pier 94, New York, NY (solo)
2009   Looking at Music: Side 2, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Galerie Arnés y Röpke, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2008   Sebastian Guinness gallery, Dublin, Ireland (solo)
2007   New Paintings, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
The Price of Nothing, Efa Gallery, New York, NY
2006   Action Precision, Lennon, Weinberg Inc., New York, NY
Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2005   New Paintings and Chronophotographs, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Cross Section, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
Color, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
Extreme Abstraction, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Abstraction, Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA
Sets, Series, and Suites: Contemporary Prints, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2004   New Paintings, Hamiltons, London, UK (solo)
2003   Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Grisaille, JG Contemporary, New York, NY
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2002   G Fine Art, Washington, DC (solo)
Zenroxy, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
Summer 2002, G Fine Art, Washington, DC
Art Downtown: New York Painting and Sculpture, Wall Street Rising (various locations), New York, NY
New Paintings, Hamiltons, London, UK (solo)
2001   Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1999   Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Galerie Thomas Von Lintel & Nusser, Munich, Germany (solo)
Tetragram, Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA (solo)
Gesture and Contemporary Painting, The University of Michigan School of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
The Great Drawing Show 1550 to 1999, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Summer: 1999, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
20 Years of Grenfeld Press, Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY
20 Años Despues.., Galeria Leyendecker, Canary Islands, Spain
1998   Galeria Leyendecker Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (solo)
1997   Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, MI (solo)
Galerie Thomas Von Lintel, Munich, Germany (solo)
1996   Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1995   Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1993   Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1992   Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1991   Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Compass Rose Gallery, Chicago, IL
James Nares/ Ian Davenport/ Stephen Ellis, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
A Bestiary, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Poets-Painters Collaboration, Brooke Alexander, New York, NY
Anderson, Dupuis, Nares, Pierson, Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany
James Nares, Peter Schuyff, Gary Stephan, Marc Richards, Los Angeles, CA
1988   Michael Klein Inc., New York, NY (solo)
1987   1983-1987, Fawbush Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1986   Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1985   Patrick Fox Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1984   Cable Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
  Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY