FIRST LOOOK | INSIDE TODD JAMES’ “SECRET GARDEN” AT GALLERIA PATRICIA ARMOCIDA, MILAN

May 19, 2014  |  art

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Following his recent New York show in March that saw him working a bit more loosely & experimentally, Todd James' current show, Secret Garden that opened in Milan at Galleria Patricia Armocida last week sees the artist returning his focus to familiar subject matter, exploring the visual themes of naked girls & Somali pirates with renewed vigor. In this round of works, however, while composition is formal and tight, focusing us primarily on James' fantasy cast of naked ladies lounging poolside with an assortment of cats and machine guns, the pieces are rendered in a colorblocked style that's like a combination of Hockney & Matisse infused with the Gaugain's tropical palette to create the languid scenes of decadent exhibitionism that are the artist's stock in trade. Working primarily in his favorite medium of paper, these excellent works continue the evolution of this former "street artist" whose transition to formal fine art makes him one of the most exciting young gallery artists of recent years and one whose work should be snapped up now before his career invariably catches fire.

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