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James Nares Art

British, b. 1953

To capture weightlessness, movement and emotion in a single, gestural brushstroke required transgender artist James Nares to reimagine her entire art-making process. In addition to suspending herself above the canvas, Nares also created her own calligraphic brushes and paint, practicing meticulous strokes over and over until finally achieving that perfect swipe.

Dubbed an “action painter” and a “scientific painter,” Nares’ process is the result of years of researching, testing and expanding on her style. Nares moved to New York City in 1974 after studying at the Chelsea College of Art. As she is also a musician, Nares fell into the city’s “no wave” scene — a brief avant-garde music and visual art movement concentrated in downtown Manhattan. The experimentation with noise, and dissonance that became popular among no wave artists likely informed Nares’ art style and fueled her passion for creative experimentation throughout the 1980s.

Nares is represented by the Kasmin Gallery, which has exhibited her work since 1991. The artist’s solo exhibitions include 2014’s “High Speed Drawings” and 2013’s “Road Paint Paintings.” The latter featured works that Nares created with thermoplastic paint — the same type of paint that is used on tarmacs and roads. Her work is part of the collections of the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Milwaukee Art Museum staged a retrospective on Nares in 2019.

While primarily known for her artwork, Nares' film projects have been part of solo exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and presented at the 2008 Anthology Film Archives in New York and at the New York IFC Center in 2011.

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Artist: James Nares
Early Days
By James Nares
Located in New York, NY
2015, screenprint, 47 x 34 3/4 inches, edition of 48 Signed and numbered by the artist on the front.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract James Nares Art

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Screen

Particle and Wave 1
By James Nares
Located in New York, NY
Nares uses large brushes of his own manufacture to create gestural markings that appear almost three-dimensional. This is a multi-color screenprint printed on heavy weight paper wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract James Nares Art

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Screen

Particle and Wave 2
By James Nares
Located in New York, NY
A stunning example of Nares' gestural brushstroke prints with copper-colored background. Printed on heavy-weight paper.
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract James Nares Art

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Screen

Untitled flower monotype
By James Nares
Located in New York, NY
James Nares Untitled flower monotype, 1988 Monotype on hand made paper Pencil signed and dated by James Nares on the lower right front Frame included: floated in the original wood fr...
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1980s Contemporary James Nares Art

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Monotype, Handmade Paper

Fountain
By James Nares
Located in New York, NY
James Nares Fountain, 1987 Monotype on paper Hand signed and dated lower front Unique Frame included Measurements: Framed 41.5 by 34 inches Work 30.25 by 22.25 inches Dazzling Jame...
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1980s Contemporary James Nares Art

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Monotype

Artaud's Arms (Exhibited at Brooklyn Museum)
By James Nares
Located in New York, NY
JAMES NARES Artaud's Arms (Exhibited at Brooklyn Museum), 1988 Color Monotype on Gampi Torinoko Paper 36 × 27 inches Signed James Nares and dated '88 l...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist James Nares Art

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Monotype

Three Aces
By James Nares
Located in New York, NY
A portfolio of 3 screenprints, 28 x 20 inches each, edition of 60
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21st Century and Contemporary James Nares Art

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Screen

You Don't Say 3
By James Nares
Located in New York, NY
2011, screenprint on Saunders paper, 28 x 75 inches, edition of 36
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21st Century and Contemporary James Nares Art

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Screen

Category V
By James Nares
Located in New York, NY
2015, portfolio of 5 screenprints, 37 x 19 1/4 inches each, edition of 45
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract James Nares Art

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Screen

Starling
By James Nares
Located in New York, NY
A superb impression of this very scarce color relief print on Somerset white wove paper. One of 10 numbered artist's proofs, aside from the edition of 100. Signed, inscribed "A.P." a...
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1990s Contemporary James Nares Art

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Color

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I'm Blue
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Road Paint Print 6
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Go
By James Nares
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Go
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Before the Rain
By James Nares
Located in New York, NY
2015, screenprint, 47 x 34 3/4 inches, edition of 48
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract James Nares Art

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Before the Rain
By James Nares
Located in New York, NY
2015, screenprint, 47 x 34 3/4 inches, edition of 40
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Abstract James Nares Art

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Delete All Gaps
By James Nares
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Oil on linen Signed verso
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary James Nares Art

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Cosmas
By James Nares
Located in New York, NY
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