Thinkspace Family artist, James Bullough just completed a beautiful mural ‘Pania of the Reef’ in Napier, New Zealand as a part of the Pangeaseed Foundation’s Sea Walls project. The mural was inspired by local Maori folklore depicting Pania a fierce protector of the waters off the coast of Napier. Read about James’s experience painting the mural in his own words below,
“I had the great honor of meeting with some of Pania’s direct descendants in the city of Napier and other local Maori historians and speak with them about the best way to depict Pania and tell her story through my mural. In working with Pangeaseed Foundation and the Sea Walls project on this mural, it was also my honor to highlight a pressing ocean conservation issue for which I chose to speak about, the acidification of our oceans. Due to man-made climate concerns, specifically, the rising CO2 levels in our atmosphere, the acidity levels of our oceans have risen and continue to rise at alarming rates killing our reefs and the delicate ecosystems around them worldwide. To illustrate this I have depicted Pania floating defiant and hopeful over her reef despite the fact that it is void of all life and she herself is dissolving from the dangerously high acid levels.”
We’re always amazed by the gorgeous work Bullough creates and can’t wait to have him as a featured artist in our upcoming return to Detroit for Inner State ‘LAX/DTW: Part II’ opening June 30th.
View more works from James Bullough here.
Photo credit: Tre @pangeaseed
Thinkspace Family artist James Bullough was recently featured on Artist A Day. Bullough’s distinctive style has graced found materials, canvases, and massive walls. We have big things coming up this year with James Bullough including an artist spot in ‘LAX / DTW: Detroit Hustle II’ opening June 30th at Inner State Gallery/ 1xRun.
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We are in the final days of “Breaking Point” featuring new work by James Bullough in Thinkspace Gallery’s project room. Juxtapoz says you should see “Breaking Point” before the show comes down. Your last day to view “Breaking Point” and Curiot’s mesmerizing “Act 1: Warped Passage” is Saturday, June 18th from noon to 6pm. You have been informed.
“James has been on our radar, and seeing a new series of his paintings, like the ones in Breaking Point, reinforce the talent he has and his ability to capture motion and movement in a refreshing way. We highly recommend checking the show out before it comes down on June 18, 2016.” – Juxtapoz
The problem with hyperbole is when you abuse it and then actually need to describe something, but the word you’ve abused, like transform now means nothing. I’ve stated Thinkspace Gallery’s main room has been transformed by our artists, and in one respect they have setting the tone for the gallery’s atmosphere with their latest body of work. But Curiot truly has transformed the space and has made our gallery unrecognizable, complete with a fur room, pink room, and purple floors. Last, Saturday, May 28th the gallery opened with a line and a small delay to doors as we prepared for the drop of two prints; one from Curiot and the second from our project room artist James Bullough.
The entire night was vibrating with an electric energy fueled by the vision of Curiot’s world, James Bullough’s work celebrating the body in motion , and UR New York’s resourceful work manipulating found pieces into fine art. Curiot’s Act 1: Warped Passage, James’s Bullough’s Breaking Point, and UR New York’s Destroy’ed and Rebuilt are on view till June 18th. If you are in a 2 hour drive time radius of Culver City and have an inkling to see this exhibition, know that you will regret missing it if you don’t come in. Also, please wear socks, no shoes on the fur.
Opening reception photos courtesy of Birdman
James Bullough’s “Breaking Point” opens tomorrow and the culmination of months of work will be on view in Thinkspace Gallery’s project room. We asked James what he thought was the biggest misconception of being an artist and he shared, “The work ethic! I think people have an impression of artists as relaxed maybe even somewhat lazy creatives. The fact is almost every successful artists I know is an extreme workaholic and a master of the hustle. Learning to paint and create an image from absolutely nothing is a skill and takes a lot of hard work, time, and focus, but the business side of the job is just as demanding.”
Read the rest of his interview with us and view a few of the works in progress below.