James Kirkpatrick has been described as a multi-media artist, avant-guard hip-hop musician, inventor, designer, graffiti artist and collaborator. He is nothing but a perpetual creator and hard worker: spending the last year on his highly acclaimed McIntosh Gallery show, followed immediately by an exhausting three week hip-hop & art tour of Japan. Upon his return, Kirkpatrick was hard at it again, painting us new paintings inspired by his recent experiences for our July exhibition together.
Kirkpatrick’s new paintings are a synthesis of his diverse interests. They reference everything from sci-fi shows, cartoons, conspiracy theories, voodoo graffiti, fabrics and video games.
Born in London, Ontario in 1977, James Kirkpatrick studied art at H.B. Beal Secondary School before receiving his BFA at Halifax’s Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2002.
He has exhibited his work extensively throughout the US and Canada including shows in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2009 Kirkpatrick was featured in the group show Pulp Fiction, which traveled from Museum London to the MOCCA in Toronto and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax. He was also featured in recent group shows Not Bad for London at Michael Gibson Gallery, L.O. Today at Museum London and Sculpting Sound at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in Sarnia.
Kirkpatrick’s most recent solo exhibition Secret Base By the Lake at UWO’s McIntosh Gallery will be accompanied by a forthcoming exhibition catalogue with essays by curators Matthew Purvis, James Patten (McIntosh Gallery) & Rhiannon Vogl (National Gallery of Canada).
Also known for his participation in the early Canadian graffiti movement and as avant-garde hip-hop artist “Thesis Sahib”, Kirkpatrick works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, zines, mask-making and experimental sound improvisation. In recent years, his work has incorporated sculptural, kinetic and auditory elements.