James Naughton paints a breathtaking landscapes that bear the ravages of wind and rain, yet remain imposing, defiant, at times almost intimidating.
Within them, the artist expresses the sense of wonder and surprise he feels in nature, and records the essence of his experience.
James Naughton paints exclusively in oils, allowing the paint’s accidental organic movement to constantly challenge his initial vision of the landscape and has gradually developed his own unconventional techniques, many resulting from his printmaking background.
James Naughton’s work has an immediacy with the image, an emotive intensity of mood, and an ability to strike a balance between representation and abstraction.
He doesn’t paint from sketches or photographs and has no firm idea how the work will turn out. “For me the best art comes when I switch off my yearning for conscious control, allow my sub-conscious to just respond to the surface.”
James Naughton’s success has brought him many regional and national awards, including The Laing Landscape Painting Competition and his work has featured successfully in many exhibitions and is included in an increasing number of important collections.