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. Throughout her 35-year career, she has also produced studied works on paper, including etchings, lithographs, monoprints, and drawings. She has worked in bronze and clay, producing small-scale sculptures, and in washed, patinated steel, producing large flat works more akin to paintings. James has also worked in various mediums producing site-specific and impermanent installations around the world.
Her paintings are interpretations of landscapes, internal and external, and memory, real and intuited (or personal and collective).
James has sought unfamiliar environments in which to paint, working to pay homage to an area’s specific local light, color, tone, and history in the work she produces there, and allowing the disruption to inform the ongoing work in her home studio. She has maintained temporary studio spaces in Isla Mujeres, the barrier islands of North Carolina, New York (in Harlem, Soho, Long Island City and Montauk), Marfa, and Berlin, and has produced site-specific works in Houston, Berlin, at the Great Wall of China, and in Song Zhuang Artist Village, Beijing.
Working remotely has helped develop working relationships with other artists and collaborators. James has prioritized these dialogues throughout her career, with practitioners of diverse fields, including writers, composers, and set designers.
She 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)