Dana James’s paintings channel the essence of sound waves, water, and natural light. Inherent in the artist’s evocation of water and land is the implication of “drift”, the state of floating between catharsis and danger, between peace and abandonment, and between fear and diving in. James’s paintings exhibit an exquisite sense of touch. She employs multiple mediums and textures by pouring paint and employing a variety of mark-making techniques; the artist builds meaning and interest through this layering and sometimes by combining canvases and ideas with sewing. Continually investigating and pushing the boundaries between abstraction and representation, James draws on wide-ranging existential themes while referencing the great American tradition of Color Field Painting with stunning originality.
Dana James earned her BFA from School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. Her work has been exhibited extensively in New York and throughout the United States. Her work can be found in private and public collections including the ISLIP Museum of Art, Islip, NY and the Collection of Lion Tree Capital in New York, NY. She has been featured in publications such as Art Critical, ArtSpace, and Hyperallergic. Dana James is a New York native currently living and working in Bushwick, Brooklyn.