Terrell James (b. 1955, Houston) is an abstract painter who exhibits nationally and internationally. She lives in Houston, Texas.
Terrell James produces both intimate canvasses and vigorous mural-scale works in oil, and studied works on paper, including etchings, lithographs, monoprints, and drawings. She has worked in bronze and clay, producing small-scale sculptures; in washed, patinated steel, producing large flat works more akin to paintings; and with various materials (sail cloth, flour sacks, brick) producing impermanent, site-specific installations in Houston, Berlin, at the Great Wall of China, and in Song Zhuang Artist Village (Beijing).
Her paintings are interpretations of landscapes, internal and external; James has consistently sought unfamiliar environments in which to paint. She produces works in place that attend to an area’s specific local light, color, tone, and history, and allows the disruption and new material to change the ongoing work in her home studio. She has maintained temporary studio spaces in Isla Mujeres, the barrier islands of North Carolina, Harlem, Soho, Long Island City, Montauk, Marfa, and Berlin. James has prioritized dialogue with other artists and collaborators throughout her 35-year career, both at home and away, and has worked with practitioners of diverse fields (other visual artists, writers, composers, and set designers) to produce prints, books, interviews, and installations.
James has been included in over two hundred group shows, and completed over forty solo exhibitions in galleries, artist-run spaces, and museums. Her works are included in numerous collections, including the Boston Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Transart Foundation, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Postulates at Cadogan Contemporary, London, opening November 15, 2018
Fable at Froelick Gallery, Portland, Oregon, opening January 22, 2019
Absolutely Abstract at Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center, Yucca Valley, California, opening January 26, 2019
Large-scale Paintings at Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas, opening January 2019 (Date TBA)