Headlands Center for the Arts

James Sansing

california | visual
Affiliate Program 2005—2017

Artist Statement

I paint with light and mass. Color is relegated to the under-painting, almost entirely covered by black. Texture and contrast are the crux of composition. In the absence of color I work with light using the property of absorption inherent in black. With cement as the canvas I can deepen the black and create a matte finish or polish the black to create an almost blinding reflection. The cement and its connotation of weight heighten the blackness yet the subtleties of finishes and texture give this weight and darkness an exquisiteness of warmth and light. I transcend the black paintings’ evocation of despair and work towards beauty, bordering somewhere between these two emotions upon completion.

While at Headlands

Working at the Headlands is a never ending source of inspiration. The people I meet, the landscape. the studio space, all add to my being able to create the best art work I am capable of.

Selected Works

Personal Website

http://www.jamessansing.com