Class of 2012, Major Visual Arts
Recent sculptures are intended to convey the instability of our culturally conditioned insatiable manufactured appetites which distances us perpetually further from the natural environment.
Originally from White Rock BC. James Kemp graduated with a BA of Psychology form Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he first started taking ceramic and sculpture courses. While at Kwantlen, he joined the Fraser Valley Potters Guild of which he has been a member for the past 5 yrs. In the guilds group shows he has received two awards: The people’s choice and Best Amateur Ceramic Artist awards. He currently works as an artist assistant for the sculptor, Liz Magor. He has as well worked for the renowned figurative sculptor David Robinson. He has built up an extensive ceramic teaching back ground, teaching at community centres across the lower mainland of BC. He received his BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, graduating with distinction, winning the Circle Craft Award.
James is currently the ceramic artist in residence at the Port Moody Arts Centre. An accomplished sculptor and potter; his vases have surprising profiles contrasting organic roundness with sharp collars; while his more recent sculptures are both alluring and repelling in their bulbous sensuality. The texture – a fine spackle across red clay – draws you in making you want to touch them – but the shapes – akin to organic matter– are faintly disturbing. These sculptures are gaining attention, he was recently nominated for the BMO First Arts award and he recently returned from a national student exhibition in Montreal where he had the good fortune of selling his work. He is represented by the Leo Koo Gallery where he has an up coming solo show. He is also the current artist in residence at the Port Moody Arts Centre. His next showing is set for Febuary 1st at the Circle Craft Gallery on Granville Island. In early April, he has a solo show at the Portmoody Arts Centre.