James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, was kind enough to invite me into his home & studio to chat about his early years….
Originally from Australia and currently living in London, working on the street and in the studio, you can’t help but notice the artist’s distinctive style. His work explores the human subject in the context of the urban environment. Using a freehand spray technique, he creates stunning works where the image is made up of individual drips of spray paint – or as the artist calls it, ‘drip paintings’ and ‘scribble paintings’, composed of layers of coloured drips or energetic lines to form vibrant and poetic cityscapes and portraits.
This technique was a development of his drip paintings where he started to enlarge the dots or drips into circles, and then started to play with the idea of the circles becoming spheres, like atoms, where the subject started to break apart or atomise. He explains that sometimes the character becomes part of the background whilst the movement and energy of the spheres become the main subject of the painting.
He started painting on the streets over 20 years ago as a graffiti writer and later went on to complete a Masters degree in Visual Arts at the University of South Australia when he was doing a lot of mural commissions and co-ordinating aerosol art workshops in Australia. He also had a number of exhibitions in galleries, and after moving to London he was inspired to reconnect to the street again.
Although he studied art with an interest in oil painting and figurative realism, most of what he learnt was through his own travels and visits to art museums, he says. Much of the early work he did on the streets of London was inspired by homeless people in the city that he had met. His paintings portrayed in a poetic way the plight of the human subject in the city.
Jimmy C is currently busy working on different projects including his upcoming show ‘Atomised’ at the Lollipop Gallery in London which will open on September 9th , from 6pm – 58 Commercial St, London E1 6LT, UK.