The Goldmark Gallery is excited to announce its first ever exhibition of the exquisite assemblages of artist Richard James, opening Saturday 28th May in Uppingham. Running for 3 weeks, the show will feature a range of James’ surreal boxes and cabinets of curiosities.

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Richard James is an artist working in the vein of found-object artists and assemblers such as Joseph Cornell and Steve Dilworth. His intricately arranged boxes and display cases incorporate highly delicate individual components – egg shells, bird skulls, fish bones and glass tubes – that make of their simple wooden containers powerful and symbolic shrines to his found materials.

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James’ work draws from multiple strands of influence. Star maps and constellations are frequently used as backdrops to the tiny bodies of dead birds and sea-creature carapaces, lending these minute, fragile elements a cosmic significance. Items sourced from the favourite landscapes of the British Isles, especially the West coast of Scotland, are carefully positioned within their wooden cabinets like reliquary holders containing the remains of saints, sacred icons of the magic of the natural world.

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James’ assemblages demonstrate extraordinary workmanship and we are delighted to be able to show this selection of new work at the gallery.

An illustrated catalogue with an essay by the acclaimed writer and filmmaker Robert Macfarlane will accompany the 30+ pieces in the exhibition, all of which will be available to view and buy online at goldmarkart.com.

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I was bowled over by Richard James’ work. As an admirer of Joseph Cornell and Steve Dilworth, and having spent a lot of time on the Western Isles, and having written about wild landscapes, found objects and the sacral spaces of natural history, I guess I couldn’t be more primed to like it, but even given that preparation, well, I thought it was magnificent.

Robert Macfarlane (writer/filmmaker)

View assemblages by Richard James here >