Terrell James
Four Decades
June 3 - July 12, 2014

Terrell James

Houston-based painter Terrell James returns to Froelick Gallery with an exhibit of recent and past works titled Four Decades. Her methodology is both playfully intuitive and intellectually rigorous- unexpected and illuminating interactions of color and density are at work in each abstract canvas. Bold pools of hue abut one another and sensuous gestural brushstrokes snake through and around organic shapes as she juxtaposes broad quiltlike patches of hue with scrawling line work, suggesting terrain viewed from above. Though working non-representationally, James often includes strong references to the natural world.
She will also exhibit a selection of her “box drawings”, a series begun at Edward Albee's studio in Montauk, NY. Sparely worked when compared to her canvases, each piece is painted in oil on two stacked semi-transparent sheets of paper; dark blots and lines on the outermost layer contrast with the greyed-out specter of her marks on the layer below, seen through the translucent surface.
In reexamining past and current works in advance of this exhibit, James found it surprising to track the increasingly prominent and deliberate role that drawing and line have come to play in her painting practice. These, she says, have the ability to “...lead the eye in and through fields of light, color and imagery, recruiting it into performing a complex narrative of perception and judgement.”
Yellow Path Tumble
oil and acrylic on canvas
2014
26 x 25 inches
SOLD
 
Yellow Path Yellow Path
oil on linen
2011
71 x 40 inches
SOLD
 
The Beggar in Dark Rags Outbound
acrylic ink on paper
2009
29 x 22 inches
SOLD
 
The Beggar in Dark Rags Box 9
ink, acrylic on vellum
2011
17 x 11 inches
SOLD
 
The Beggar in Dark Rags Box 8
ink, acrylic on vellum
2011
17 x 11 inches
SOLD
 
The Beggar in Dark Rags Box 7
ink, acrylic on vellum
2011
17 x 11 inches
SOLD
 
The Beggar in Dark Rags Box 6
ink, acrylic on vellum
2011
17 x 11 inches
SOLD
 
The Beggar in Dark Rags Box 5
ink, acrylic on vellum
2011
17 x 11 inches
$900  
The Beggar in Dark Rags Box 4
ink, acrylic on vellum
2011
17 x 11 inches
$900  
The Beggar in Dark Rags Box 2
ink, acrylic on vellum
2011
17 x 11 inches
$900  
The Beggar in Dark Rags Box 3
ink, acrylic on vellum
2011
17 x 11 inches
$900  
The Beggar in Dark Rags Box 1
ink, acrylic on vellum
2011
17 x 11 inches
$900  
The Beggar in Dark Rags Collapse
acrylic ink, charcoal on paper
1983
14 x 11 inches
SOLD
 
The Beggar in Dark Rags Crossing Guard
acrylic ink, graphite on paper
1999
12.5 x 8.5 inches
SOLD
 
The Beggar in Dark Rags Rounders
acrylic ink on paper
2009
29 x 22 inches
SOLD
 
The Beggar in Dark Rags Trunks
acrylic, ink, charcoal on handmade paper
1987
10 x 7 inches
$1,200  
The Beggar in Dark Rags The Beggar in Dark Rags
ink, charcoal on handmade paper
1997
16 x 9 inches
SOLD