James Kirkpatrick, born in London, ON in 1977, attended H.B. Beal Secondary School and received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2002. He has exhibited his work extensively throughout the US and Canada including shows in new York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2009 Kirkpatrick was featured in the group show Pulp Fiction, which traveled from Museum London to the Mocca in Toronto and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax.
Also known for his participation in the early Canadian graffiti movement and as avant-garde hip-hop artist, Thesis Sahib, Kirkpatrick works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, zines, mask-making and experimental sound improvisation. In recent years his work has incorporated sculptural, kinetic and auditory elements, as he combines his 2D aesthetic with circuit-bent electronics.
Stay Plugged, is one in four of a series using a gel medium transfers onto board of a high quality print. The boards with transfers are then cut out and 3D collaged and in this piece, resemble a figure. Each piece from this series is unique with different hand painted details and positioning of certain features.
The source material (where the original colours and lines come from) are taken from found fabrics and chopped out of comics and cartoon books.Courtesy of Michael Gibson Gallery