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All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

James Straffon

James Straffon is an acclaimed British artist, who lives and works in London.

He works across a wide range of media, creating large-scale public art installations, private commissions and gallery exhibitions. His metier spans fine art, photography, film, and writing.

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All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

Portfolio

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54 - a skate deck portrait series commemorating New York's iconic Studio 54 nightclub.
DECONSTRUCTED REGENERATION - a commission project with St Modwen, using abstract building blocks, cut from the negative spaces.
Pantera pardus. - A big cat, raising awareness for the plight of all endangered species across the planet.
Pride and the Peacock. - The national bird of India introduces a bold splash of colour to an urban side street in Tottenham.
When The Fox met The Rooster. And Other Stories. - A special commission in partnership with The British Embassy, Luxembourg, celebrating the Tour de France.
HARK - An urban art campaign commission for an east coast clothing boutique.
Coastal Chic - a special commission for a boutique store in Southwold, Suffolk.
An Objective Abstract - a special interior installation commissioned by Architecture and Design practice Coppin Dockray, invoking the work Kazimir Malevich.
A Rhino in The Herb Garden - An ecology project in association with North Harringay Primary School, London.
sKATE - Appropriating Peter Lindbergh’s iconic Kate Moss photograph within an urban street art context.
Keith. - A portrait of a Rolling Stone.
COMMISSIONS - well-researched, contextually specific artistic solutions, for a broad array of clients. For enquiries click HERE
Covfefe - A diptych exploring the socio-political unrest of a corrupt POTUS.
Oh Yeah? Wham! - a set of unique spray paint artworks, as part of the Coastal Chic commission.
LET US SPRAY - A print series to accompany HARK - the Angels of Southwold project.
MITOLOGIA ITALIANA - An exploration of the Italian cultural landscape, from 1909 to 1960; a work of fiction.
FABER - A commission featuring the 1909 Tour de France victor Francois Faber.
People Have The Power - a portrait of singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist Patti Smith fixed via an urban street culture context.
Through the Palace Gates. - A short film set in a north London urban allotment, on a summer’s evening.
Ulysses - a commission piece featuring the tropical Ulysses butterfly.
Design and Illustration - Graphic design and illustration work samples, spanning both print and digital media, for a wide cross-section of clients.
Photography and film - engaging an artist's eye for both still and moving imagery; visual exploits in both analogue and digital formats.
Urban and Street Art - a variety of projects on walls, including specially commissioned installation pieces. 
36 VIEWS OF PENTIRE - A contemporary reappropriation of the iconic Under the Wave off Kanagawa, by Hokusai. 
The Kirkgate Triptych - A bold composition incorporating a variety of historical visual reference points sourced from around Kirkgate Market, Leeds.
Verses On A Butterfly - A modern diptych, based on the poem by Joseph Warton - Verses On A Butterfly (1806).
LE TOUR - a broad, and complete monogram; a major solo exhibition on the Tour de France, with an accompanying book published by Rapha.
LE TOUR Book - to accompany the Tour de France London exhibition, this hardback book was published by Rapha Racing, with a forward by British cyclist David Millar. Available to buy HERE.
100e - an allegorical monograph commemorating 100 editions of the Tour de France.Using Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost as a thematic schema, this series traces the evolution of universal ideas.
Carbon, Sulphur and Paint - presented through one man's pursuit of the greatest race in the world - the Tour de France, these works celebrate the cinematic sporting vista, and its heros.
FAB66 - created as a fifty-year celebration of iconic cultural figures from 1966, includes the then fifty-year anniversary of VOGUE magazine.
English National Opera - three production campaigns for the UK's largest contemporary opera company.
Citius. Altius. Fortius - in celebration of the Summer Olympics held in London, 2012, these works revisit the great and good of past medal winners.
LUMO Series - an exploration of wearable technology through the medium of light painting.
Logitech UE BOOM - Promoting the award winning UE BOOM bluetooth speakers, through commissioned customise speakers, and two Foffa bike frames. Live custom artworks created during a London launch event.
Chroma and the Defining Moment - The ‘Chroma’ collection celebrates iconic moments from the world of sport, with Straffon collaborating with legendary sports photographer Gerry Cranham.
Paris Match - This series of artworks exposes the polemic relationship between fantasy and reality. Here Paris Match presents a two-fold fabrication - with the glossy facade of the cinematic, overlaying the inner reality of the everyday.
Pigment to Pixel - an exploration of digital process - application of traditional painting and drawing methods within a modern context.

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

DECONSTRUCTED REGENERATION

INNER
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DECONSTRUCTED REGENERATION subverts the idiom that pictures are worth a thousand words, by taking two simple phrases and forming a complete series of interrelated, texturally-rich artworks.

Understanding that the core practice of the client was linked to construction and spatial repurposing, James Straffon created some proxy recreation of that ideology - breaking down the pure essence of the engineered space - reducing this into abstract building blocks, cut from the negative spaces that the typographic landscape formed.

These planes of colour became the language by which the series evolved.

This body of work functions as a tapestry of inner and outer pieces, with the wireframe, closed-room pieces functioning as blueprints for the larger artworks which populate the more communal, public spaces - this two-way symbiosis lies at the heart of this body of work, where new life is formed through reinterpretation of existing space. Additional the artist strove to impart some sense of time, and urban exposure, through the use of multi-layers of gestural paint, combined with the vulnerability of the inner city wall-space and its acceptance of random expressionism, such as graffiti.

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

COMMISSIONS


From individual works on canvas to entertainment industry production campaigns, interior and exterior installations to audio-tech product launches, James Straffon has worked with a broad array of clients, creating well-researched, contextually specific artistic solutions. His ability to work closely and thoughtfully to release a project's potential has resulted in an expanding collection of unique artworks.

If you would like to discuss a commission project send an email to
 james@james-straffon.co.uk

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Skateboard artwork of Kate Moss by artist James Straffon
Skateboard artwork of Keith Haring by artist James Straffon
Skateboard artwork of Patti Smith by artist James Straffon

















All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.