My art is concerned with change, decay and humanity's position in the natural world. The ongoing struggle to establish order and stability in an environment of constant flux, integration and disintegration, environmental degradation and rehabilitation, a world of paradox and tension. I use both abstraction and realism to express this.

James de Villiers - Artist


Some of the images which inspire my art

A write-up about my work


Halifax Art

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Recent paintings

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Over the last week I've been experimenting with a new approach to my abstract work. I usually start even the largest works with a very fine brush building up to larger brushes and then finally back to the finer ones again. I decided to just use the fine brush now for an entire painting. I've produced a few new paintings based on this method and it has opened up a whole new field of exploration. One new series of paintings collectively called "Thought as a Linear Expression" is the result. The other series of paintings I'm busy on is based on Nordic mythology.

Top: Yggdrasil. Oil on canvas. 70cm x 80cm.

Above: Nameless Form. Oil on canvas. 76 x 92cm

Left: In progress. Oil on canvas 122 x 152cm

Right: "Thought as Linear Expression." Oil sketch on canvas. 61 X 50cm

Bottom: Fissure. Oil on canvas. 46 x 61cm