New Editions: James Seow
The Garden Path IX
Atelier JI are delighted to present a new photographic edition from artist-printmaker James Seow, The Garden Path IX. Drawing on his ancestral roots and the beauty of the natural world James Seow creates extraordinary, mythical landscapes. The Garden Path IX depicts a simulated conflict between reality and illusion, through Seow’s unique use of digital photomontage. Sourcing imagery from classical Chinese ink painting and 17th Century Western landscape painting Seow seeks to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western references to nature in art.
Third generation Chinese, James Seow was born in Malaysia where he grew up before relocating to London, where he now resides. For James, it’s his dual Malaysian and British identity that has inspired themes of architecture and nature in his work. His upbringing in Malaysia during the 1990s saw him bare witness to a huge transformation of the country through mass deforestation and urban planning, a clear contributor to his focus on nature’s relationship with urban life. Often using public squares, parks and gardens to demonstrate human attempts to impose order on natural forces, a running theme in Seow’s work is to depict constant struggles between the natural and the artificial, often observing cultural, socio-political and environmental issues in the process.
James Seow graduated from Central St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art. Seow’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the collection of private individuals as well as Central St Martins School of Art and Design, the Royal College of Art, Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and St James, Berkeley Group, UK.