Sketching on summit of Mojon Rojo

Armin slogging up to base camp


The exhibition was held at John Mitchell Fine Paintings, 17 Avery Row, London, W1k 4BF in December 2018. 

During December 2017 James travelled to Patagonia, South America,  with two experienced climbers, to explore and paint the mountain landscapes. This expedition is the lastest in a series of gruelling pilgrimages that James has made to paint remote landscapes from the Himalayas to the Atlas Mountains. An exhibition of the work, showing both studies made on site and larger work made in the studio, will be on show at John Mitchell Fine Painting, London, this November and December.

The beautiful and unforgiving landsacape of Patagonia, described by Bruce Chatwin as ‘Nowhere is a place,’ is a continuation of James’ exploration of mountain painting, and despite the distinct character of each new mountain range he visits, the interplay between the ‘realism’ of the seen landscape and the abstract qualities of paint remain a central theme to his work. Through the work James continually explores the use of contemporary painting vocabularies to ‘box’ the spacial experience and the narrative of landscape into the confines of the painting. In this exhibition James will be showing one of his first 3m landscape canvases.

The expedition focused on Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Mount Fitz Roy was the focus of the classic 1968 film ‘The Mountain of Storms’, an inspiration to James, which tells the epic story of the 5000 mile journey made by Doug Tompkins and Yvon Chouinard to climb the mountain. Doug Tompkins was to go on to set up the clothing company North Face and Esprit, while Yvan started the company Patagonia.

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