Featured Artist James Robert White

Artist James Robert White explores the concept of complexity, illustrating the natural algorithms that shape our world. Learn more about his work by visiting his website.

 

“The Brain” Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer, 50cm x 57cm by artist James Robert White. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Brain” Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer, 50cm x 57cm

 

I have worked as an artist for over twenty-five years. I started developing an insight for science and art from early on in my life, and identify with the Renaissance artists who brought together art, science and culture to make major leaps in humanity. This is currently what’s happening across the globe now.

 

“Untitled” Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer, 220cm x 107cm by artist James Robert White. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Untitled” Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer, 220cm x 107cm

 

I see the world as an entity that’s interlinked. Having developed and mastered my own painting techniques, I see how the mathematics of the future can be linked to the arts as in the past.

 

“Complexity I” Print on Paper, Various Sizes by artist James Robert White. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Complexity I” Print on Paper, Various Sizes

 

Determined to find a way in which I could use my hands to depict the natural algorithms that shape our world and very being, I have created a unique style, creating works that are understood and verified by scientists as examples of “complexity.”

 

“Complexity Study II” Print on Paper, Various Sizes by artist James Robert White. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Complexity Study II” Print on Paper, Various Sizes

 

I seek to explore the concept of complexity, and the central idea that “nothing exists on its own.” Through constant, in-depth observation of the nature of complexity, I explore the patterns that make up our world and being. I have noticed “self-similarity” patterns within patterns and within structures.

 

“Midas Touch” Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer, 95cm x 185cmby artist James Robert White. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Midas Touch” Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer, 95cm x 185cm

 

From trees, leaves, and also distribution systems of society (postal, road and internet networks and financial trading algorithms), right through to our very own inner workings such as the circulation system, our veins, the nervous system, the workings of the retina, kidneys, blood vessels and nervous system, I observed that all are examples of structures and systems which have similar dynamic forces at work.

 

“Familia” Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer, 91cm x 175cm by artist James Robert White. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Familia” Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer, 91cm x 175cm

 

My work on complexity and nature are essentially about viewing the world through a lens that is only available to us via computers, which can calculate the many millions of simple interactions that result in the natural world we see around us.

 

“Polypyptych” (Five Original Paintings) Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer by artist James Robert White. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Polypyptych” (Five Original Paintings) Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer

 

It is also about a specific kind of mathematics that explores the idea of “emergence.” This means new patterns and endless novelty and change emerges from simple interactions between components which make up the complex system.

 

“The Riverbank” Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer, 100cm x 118cm by artist James Robert White. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Riverbank” Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer, 100cm x 118cm

 

My paintings naturally depict complexity. They provide the viewer with a feeling of connection with the world around us.

 

“Swathe” Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer, 220cm x 107cm by artist James Robert White. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Swathe” Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer, 220cm x 107cm

 

The viewer can emotionally engage with the paintings via their relation to their own private or intuitive understanding of complex aspects of nature and phenomena they are already familiar with. In turn, this helps us to understand the ideas behind the higher maths and complex networks.

 

"Towers" Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer, 107cm x 220cm by artist James Robert White. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Towers” Metal Dust on Glass with Lacquer, 107cm x 220cm

 

I also raise the question within the viewer, “So where do I fit in within these dynamic networks and structures, and what are these structures that I am made of?” Both the artist and the viewer are left understanding that we are interlinked in so many different ways.

 

“Corona, a drop in the ocean” Metal Dust, Acrylic Gel on Glass with Lacquer, 118cm x 140cm by artist James Robert White. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Corona, a drop in the ocean” Metal Dust, Acrylic Gel on Glass with Lacquer, 118cm x 140cm

 

I have shown internationally over thirty times, mainly in London. I have worked on interdisciplinary projects with CERN, the Welcome Foundation and University College London (UCL). I am currently working on two projects with my long-time collaborator, Philosopher of science Adam Timlett with the Royal Astronomical Society, one on gravitational fields and one with our bicentennial Society mapping project.

 

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