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"A lot of what I do is inspired by my experiences and the strong feelings and thoughts I have during a moment. It’s more of an instinctual process. I’m also inspired by Nature."


Hamilton-based painter James Gummerson, after attending Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology, embarked on a remarkable artistic journey. After working as an Illustrator, he shifted his focus towards creating captivating paintings that explore the harmonious coexistence of nature and the urban landscape. His works have graced galleries and shows across Canada, earning him recognition and numerous awards. In 2020, James was invited to showcase his talent on the CBC TV show 'Landscape artist of the year Canada,' where he impressed as the wild card winner of episode one and emerged as a runner-up in the finals. His artistry has also been featured in prestigious publications, further cementing his reputation as a distinguished artist. James draws inspiration from the serene charm of quiet side streets adorned with majestic old trees, vibrant community gardens bursting with life, and the enigmatic allure of back alleys. His paintings beautifully capture the interplay of dramatic light and captivating skies against the backdrop of daily urban life. With his unique perspective and artistic prowess, James Gummerson continues to captivate audiences with his evocative and thought-provoking artwork.

Artist Statement

Since the early 1990’s my work has incorporated representational and impressionistic elements through the use of Acrylic and Watercolor paint. In 1995 I began using different paper, canvas and boards throughout my paintings to express the emotional elements of the painting. I continue to incorporate different materials on which to paint and utilize different styles depending on how I feel for the subject. In my work, I explore Canadian Landscapes, History, and Culture, through the use of subject matter I have obtained throughout my travels across Canada. My work also addresses issues such as Conservation, and Urban Sprawl, through the use of naturalistic and non-urban elements that portray a sense of preservation and spirituality. In many instances both past and present elements appear in a painting, coexisting to suggest the progression of time as well as our ideas and values towards ecological issues. Finally, the paintings document as well as confront. As I have traveled throughout much of Canada and my home province of Ontario, I create images that provide clues to my own ideologies. Often I will work spontaneously to document the experience and at other times spend many hours in inclement weather painting only to conclude that the painting may need more time to complete in the studio. It is a process that requires intuition and stamina. I work mainly in Acrylics on canvas, board or various types of paper. This medium is versatile which I use to symbolize both strong and a gentle qualities through the use of thick or transparent applications. The various materials, subject matter, and ideas are unified to suggest my perception and experiences of my life within Canada.

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