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.