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.
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 has had three solo exhibitions to date, ‘Plans Create Problems’ at The Outsiders gallery in Newcastle was followed by 'Stop Looking at the Walls, Look Out The Window' and 'If It Doesn't Make Sense, That's Fine', both at our Brighton gallery. Take two minutes to watch this short film featuring Jim McElvaney as he prepared for his 2013 show with us.