James Bullough

American, b. 1978

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James Bullough is an American born artist living and working in Berlin, Germany. His studio
paintings, and huge monumentally scaled site-specific murals combine delicately handled realistic
portraiture with harsh graphic distortion and abstraction. Inspired by the gritty urban graffiti he saw as a
youth growing up in Washington, DC, Bullough harnessed it’s energy and edge while teaching himself
more traditional realistic oil painting tech- niques by studying the Old Masters. Combining the momentum
of the one and the technical precision of the other, his work is about staging com- pelling contrasts and
juxtapositions. Wether working with spray paint on massive facades or oils in his studio, Bullough’s work
strikes a delicate balance between realistic portraiture and stylized distortions, straddling the space
between traditional and contemporary.

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