In my opinion, success in painting requires a thorough knowledge, respect, and connection to the art of the past. Simultaneously, one must have sound fundamentals and a command of them. High craft, good design, color, skill, structure, vision and imagination, and a relationship with the medium are essential.
James Little is a meticulous craftsman who creates his own colors with pure pigment and heated beeswax and layers each hue multiple times in parallel bands on the canvas. This technique gives his paintings a formal intelligence, a depth of color and an exciting energy that is all their own. In his new paintings, color and structure are critical fixations that in Little’s work complement his geometric pictorial style. The edges of his vertical bands are saturated with lucid color as they give way to other patterns—chevrons, rectangles and zigzag designs of varying widths. Little lives and works in New York City. He holds a BFA degree from the Memphis Academy of Art and an MFA degree from Syracuse University. Little has participated in numerous one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. His paintings are represented in many museum, corporate and private collections, including the Newark Museum, the DeMenil Collection in Houston, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse; New Jersey State Museum, Trenton; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Tennessee State Museum, Nashville; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and Maatschappij Arti Et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Holland.