Terrell James’s landscape-inspired abstractions have the quality of memories. They are not precise renditions of the environment, but they hold profound seeds of reality—they suggest a core that is perhaps more real than the source. They suggest the essence of something.
Her paintings have always been inspired by the natural world, but have also started to explore urban and digital landscapes as well. As she says, “My practice has grown to absorb contexts beyond narrow definitions of ‘landscape’ and ‘nature.’ I now deliberately explore newly available and even unavoidable fields. My work has become engaged with unexpected material. Sometimes it seems that I am simply absorbing and processing everything I encounter. The limitless deluge of the all-enveloping digital world has inspired an expanded palette, to include a vastly larger range of materials, colors and effects.”
James was born in Houston, Texas, in 1955. He received his B.A. degree from the University of the South, Sewanee, TN in 1977. The Decorative Center of Houston has awarded Terrell the Star of Design award in Art for 2013. Terrell was also selected as one of four artists to participate in the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s CALL program of 2013, as facilitated by DiverseWorks, to provide “comprehensive documentation of their artworks and careers.” Public collections include the Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo; Televisa Cultural Foundation/Casa Lamm in Mexico City; Fundacion Vergel, Cuernavaca, Mexico; the Dallas Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.