James MacSporran has worked toward presenting his first solo show since October 2019—the work is sitting in the Arts Project stockroom stretched, framed, and ready to install. He’d carefully developed the theme, planned the layout, edited the abstract and titled his show. His solo exhibition, aptly titled From The Streets, was finalised in February 2020 and ready to install in March. Then COVID-19 hit, and our Northcote gallery closed indefinitely.
His solo show is rescheduled for early 2021 and will be one of the first shows presented in our Northcote gallery when it reopens. However, we couldn’t wait to share his latest collection with the world, so here it is—published online as a virtual teaser of what’s to come.
MacSporran (b 1970) is an emerging artist who has a painting and drawing practice that occasionally expands to include collage—preferring to work on medium-scale when in the studio, large-scale when working on public murals. Stylistically, his practice synthesises graffiti and abstraction, resulting in intricate paintings that conjure references to street art, mazes, and old-style arcade games. From The Streets presents a dynamic selection of recent multi-layered small and mid-sized artworks on paper and canvas.
MacSporran has featured in group exhibitions in Australia and Hong Kong, and his work is held in private collections Australiawide.
TOP: Train Art, 2019, acrylic and paint pen on canvas, 35 x 164 cm, JAMACV19-0005
MIDDLE: Train Art (detail), 2019, acrylic and paint pen on canvas, 35 x 164 cm, JAMACV19-0005
MIDDLE: Rockin the wall, 2019, acrylic and paint pen on canvas, 106 x 142 cm, JAMACV20-0001
BOTTOM: James working in the Arts Project studio in 2019