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.

Timeline

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

Exhibitions

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)

Public Collections

Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY