James Green is a man of many talents. Not only is he the front-man of Sheffield-based folk ensemble Big Eyes Family Players, but he’s also an extremely talented print artist, and it’s his art that I want to tell you all about.
Despite studying Fine Art as part of his degree, James only started making prints a few years ago, when he found some old lino and cutting tools and decided to give the whole printing thing a whirl. Since then, he’s been producing his lovely prints for sale and various art projects and workshops around Sheffield.
Working mainly in lino-cut (which basically means transferring his drawing to a piece of lino, cutting out the white space and printing the resulting image either by hand or with a press), James’ prints have a simple and direct quality that makes them very appealing, using just two or three colours to create extremely striking images. Because he only has so much control over which way the ink decides to go, the prints also have an unpredictable air, with every one differing form the next. Nature is one of his more popular themes, as are cityscapes and all are clearly produced with the same delicate care and attention.
As well as his prints (which he also produces as posters and greeting cards) James has also created artwork for record sleeves, including albums by James Yorkston, Farina and Circle Records and in 2008 was commissioned by Paul Smith Menswear to create two t-shirt designs for sale in their Japanese stores.