"His acrylic paintings sparkle with strong colours. From a distance, his gardens look lifelike enough, but up close everything breaks up into a lively and intricate pattern of brushstrokes, Regina Haggo writes." Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton-based painter James Gummerson, after attending Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology, embarked on a remarkable artistic journey. After working as an Illustrator, he shifted his focus towards creating captivating paintings that explore the harmonious coexistence of nature and the urban landscape. His works have graced galleries and shows across Canada, earning him recognition and numerous awards. In 2020, James was invited to showcase his talent on the CBC TV show 'Landscape artist of the year Canada,' where he impressed as the wild card winner of episode one and emerged as a runner-up in the finals. His artistry has also been featured in prestigious publications, further cementing his reputation as a distinguished artist. James draws inspiration from the serene charm of quiet side streets adorned with majestic old trees, vibrant community gardens bursting with life, and the enigmatic allure of back alleys. His paintings beautifully capture the interplay of dramatic light and captivating skies against the backdrop of daily urban life. With his unique perspective and artistic prowess, James Gummerson continues to captivate audiences with his evocative and thought-provoking artwork.
In my current work, I explore the urban landscape and its relationship with nature. The paintings hope to show our deep need for naturalistic surroundings regardless of concrete and steel and show how nature penetrates even the most dense of concrete jungles. I love to show the back alley’s canopy of overgrown bushes and weeds. The wildflowers growing out of cracks in the walkways, and how trees surround the entire landscape. As in other paintings of my past, I continue to explore the relationship between nature and human existence.