James Tormey

Artist Statement

"For me, the goal of my work, the aim of my paintings, is to express my values in relationship to the world that I behold. This is an objective approach that uses aspects of the real world (natural objects) and presents these as subjects for the consideration of the viewer. They are offered in a very realistic and dramatic manner using the traditional elements at the disposal of the artist, light, shade, and composition. I paint these various objects in a larger than life scale in order to alert the viewer to the beauty of form and color that exists in the simplist of the creations of the natural world. One may overlook these everyday objects as in a dream world, one wanders through life, half awake, half asleep. What I hope to achieve with my paintings is to stop this mechanical movement on the part of the viewer as he or she sees a striking image of a pear, apple, or other natural object in a different context and scale. The energy from this new experience may bring an awareness of the moment and of the real world around the viewer. In this heightened state of consciousness, a sense of freedom from the old and a delight in the natural and man-made may be experienced."



Pratt Institute, and Pratt Graphics Center, N.Y., NY

Columbia University, N.Y., Art Students' League, N.Y., NY


oil on canvas

40 1/2" x 39 1/2"

Bennett Gallery

2104 Crestmoor Rd

Nashville TN 37215