Artwork Description / Detail
David James exhibited marine paintings at the Royal Academy between 1881 and 1897. He was more interested in pure studies of the sea, rather than topographical views. He was renowned for his ability to paint waves.
Much of James’ work was painted on the coasts of Cornwall and the Severn estaury. Titles of his works exhibited at the Royal Academy include A North Cornish Breaker, An Atlantic Roll and Man of War rocks, Scilly Isles
James is renowned for his pure sea paintings, many of which have skillfully toned blue as the predominant colour, and show waves breaking at sea or on the shoreline.
It is interesting to compare the artist’s pure sea pictures with those of Henry Moore and John Brett. All at one time or another favoured distant vessels in large expanses of water, but the idiom that set David James apart from the other artists of his genre was the fact that James leaned more towards a realistic rather than an impressionistic execution of the subject.
His large oil, A Summer Morning, St Brides Bay, South Wales was painted at the height of his career as a Royal Academy exhibitor in 1887.