Jim McElvaney creates expressive often unplanned, spontaneous work, suggesting influences of expressionism, illustration and abstraction. Subjects in Jim McElvaney's work range from the surreal and haunting to the witty and charismatic. Chosen not on a basis of recognition but on personal visual appeal with a strong focus on human emotion.
Combining a number of methods and materials to produce engaging and provocative depictions of human expression, for Jim, the emotion depicted in each work is represented as much by the image itself as it is the process of achieving it. The expressive gestures in his painting and constructive lines in his drawing often present more emotional insight than the subject itself.
Jim McElvaney's two solo exhibitions to date, ‘Plans Create Problems’ at The Outsiders gallery in Newcastle and 'Stop Looking at the Walls, Look Out The Window' at our Brighton gallery in 2011 are due to be followed by a third solo show, 'If It Doesn't Make Sense, That's Fine'. Opens Friday the 1st of February and runs until the 3rd of May. Take two minutes to watch this short film featuring Jim as he prepares for the show.