James Giardina is a Brooklyn-Based Mixed Media Painter who currently resides in Bath Beach, Brooklyn. Duel raised in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the artist grew up with a sincere appreciation and beauty for nature and the natural world and its relationship to man-made structures. After teaching for 2 years in Pennsylvania, James moved to New York City and currently teaches high school Visual Arts at Humanities and the Arts High School in Queens. His recent work is a study of the relationship of nature and the natural world co-existing with man-made structures. Urban Graffiti Cityscapes draws its inspiration from the city and its three artistic elements, including the diverse artistic styles of the architecture and man-made structures that compose the city, the natural environment of nature within--whether its random from or purposely planned landscaping--and the hand drawn graffiti images that cover the buildings. The architecture ranges in variety of diverse designs and styles and while graffiti can be an ugly eyesore in some cases, in certain contexts it becomes a work of art in itself, as well as lending character and personality to the neighborhoods and areas its exhibited in. Through his work James attempts to study the relationship of these three elements and their visual effects on the space around them. In addition to teaching and painting, James also writes. He has written several short stories and recently finished a novel that is the process of being published.
My paintings have always been about the material consistency of the paint itself and the creation of depth and it's relationship to the other elements within the work. My earlier abstract works were study in depth and timelessness through the use of Color Theory while capturing the natural elements of the world such as space, movement, fluidity, water, and earth. My recent work is a study of the relationship of nature and the natural world co-existing with man-made structures. Urban Graffiti Cityscapes is way for me to explore the relationship between my 3 favorite artistic elements of the city: diverse artistic styles and placement of the architecture and man-made structures, the hand drawn graffiti imagery that designates the tone and feeling of the lower income neighborhoods in which its found, and nature itself, ranging from random natural occurrences to planned out artistic landscaping. Investigating the relationship of these three elements creates a sense of depth and space all its own. In some cases the work feels natural with open, vast spaces while others capture that sense of clutter and suffocation often associated with congested city neighborhoods. While graffiti can be an eyesore, in certain contexts it can be a work of art in itself, lending personality and character to the buildings and areas it’s exhibited in. Together they become an investigation on the relationship of these three elements and their visual effects on the space surrounding them. In some cases, they co-exist, but more often then not, one element tends to overpower the rest.In keeping with the idea of mixed media, these pieces are created using a combination of various media, including spray paint, oil paint, India ink, paint pens, and collage drawings made with colored pencil and oil pastel, further enhancing a sense of depth and space. Just as in the previous series, depth is created through exploration and use of medium