“As always, color is key,” says James Lecce, who focuses on creating richly colored, meticulously produced abstract paintings. His swirling compositions are created by pouring acrylic pigments onto the canvas one-by-one, resulting in a build up of multiple layers that are either free to pool or stream naturally, or are pulled across the picture plane with a paintbrush.
About James Lecce
“As always, color is key,” says James Lecce, who focuses on creating richly colored, meticulously produced abstract paintings, full of swirling patterns. Ranging from small- to large-scale, single panels to diptychs, and muted to electric in tone, his compositions stem from inspirations including Rococo, Art Nouveau, Action Painting, music, and nature. Their marbled surfaces suggest striated rock formations, flowing bodies of water, or psychedelic visions. Lecce’s compositions are the outcome of a process both intuitive and methodical. He begins by mixing his own acrylic pigments, which he then pours one-by-one onto the canvas, building up multiple layers that he pulls across the picture plane with his brush, while leaving areas free to pool or stream naturally. As the energy of his works attest, for Lecce, painting is “intense, adrenalin-inducing, joyous, and cathartic.”