James Gorman lives in the village of Corriegills on the Isle of Arran. He is a prolific painter of figurative metamorphosis as well as portraits, landscapes and animal subjects.
James was born in Gourock, Scotland. He studied mural painting at the Glasgow School of Art and these mural painting talents were put into action in Trinity College, Glasgow, The Alliance Building Society, in Ayr and Moorcroft Primary School, Gourock among other locations. His original artistic influence came from his grandfather and other influences come from Edward Burra, Picasso and Stanley Spencer. His landscapes are influenced by Turner, Gillies, Cotman and contemporary artist Lucian Freud.
James Gorman has a wonderful variety of skills in his armoury, from his 'metamorphosis' of intertwined figures with strange beasts and animals ... along with his passionate representations of his island of Arran.
He arrived on Arran via Glasgow, Greenock and Gourock ... and he says 'just slipped down the Clyde.' He has exhibited widely including in `64 when he showed along with the Glasgow Group; in `78 in the Woodstock Gallery in London and again in `79 in the Chande Gallery; `80 in Edinburgh and in `88 in Glasgow in 90`s Gallery. This exhibition began a long association with this gallery.
James was in the Connections exhibition in the Glasgow School of Art along with some of other Keeper artists. `96 saw his first solo in the John D.Kelly, Glasgow and in`98 was in the Past and Present exhibition along side some of the most famous Scottish artists of the past two hundred years including Charles Rennie MacKintosh, Sir David Murray and Jack Knox.
James' travels have taken him as far as China and Central Asia and was much influenced by the many domes and mosaics in the mosques he saw. He has also painted in Paris.
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