British/American artist Anthony James is known for his monumental and experiential sculptures and installations focused around light and space. Born in England in 1974, and now based in Los Angeles, James has studied in London at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and graduated with a degree in fine art painting.
But he is most known for his sculptures. Made of stainless steel, glass, and LED lights, they present an ethereal reality that gestures towards the theatricality of minimalism and formalism. “My work is my best attempt at giving the impossible, the infinite, a physical, objective existence,” he explained once in an interview with Aesthetica Magazine. “The materials are merely an extension of the gesture.”
There is a minimalistic simplicity to his work, and yet it expresses something infinite (a “pluralistic paradox”, according to James). “I’ve tried to visually demonstrate the colossally vast and the infinitesimally small,” he says, “the cosmos and the divinity inside oneself.”
According to James, his intention is to express science, spirituality, and philosophy in an object the purest and most honest way he knows how. His work – exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, and art fairs – can also be experienced through his Instagram page, though best perceived live.