James Viscardi
b. New York, 1985
Lives and works in New York


James is preoccupied with wandering and tales of vagabonds. The subtle steady movement of feet on the ground marching to the edge of what’s known.  He views himself as a gold digger, a prankster, a role player and a damn-fool.  Everything he needs is on his person, from my bag of tricks to the shirt off his back. James is working towards a goal of bringing movement and passage into the static stillness of painting. He is creating his own abstracted visual language and tools by studying the visual storytelling methods of various cultures, particularly the highly refined methods of Japanese woodblock printmaking, ancient Inca embroidery and the illuminated manuscripts of medieval Europe and the Middle East.  He has mined fragments of gold from the detritus of history, grinding them into a fine dust and baking them into building blocks that he can use in the studio.  They make Frankenstein amalgamations full of ragged scars and gaps in meaning.  Where meaning slips into abstraction the viewer is free to enter and draw their own conclusions.


EDUCATION

2011
Royal College of Art, London, MA Painting

2008
Rhode Island School of Design, BFA Painting

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
Loyal Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
James Viscardi and Alek O, Carl Kostyal, Stockholm, Sweden

2014
Whistle and Flute, The Sunday Painter, London, UK

2013
Present Perfect, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York, NY

2012
Recreational Modernism, Peter Amby Gallery, Copenhagen, DK

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013
IRL, Point B, New York, NY
Classification Bouillabaisse, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York

2012
James Viscardi & David Buckley, Hobbs Mclaughlin, London, UK
James Viscardi & David Buckley, Pleasant, Copenhagen, DK
Tic Tac Toe, ASC Gallery, London, UK

2011
Show RCA, Sackler Building, Degree Show, London, UK


2010
Desire is a Golden Carrot, The Albion, London UK

 

PUBLICATIONS
2015
L'Officiel Hommes, Summer Issue

2014
Graphite Journal #5

2013
Art Pulse Magazine, Review: Present Perfect @ Ana Cristea


2012
Modern Painters, A Comfortable Madness 

GRANTS/RESIDENCIES
2016 Anderson Ranch Artists in Residence, Aspen CO
2011 Hine Painting Prize