JAMES PERRIN I was born in the Mississippi delta, in Northwest Tennessee. One of my first art experiences was digging up clay on the side of a riverbank and sculpting a head out of it. My aunt started giving me oil painting lessons when I was seven. I studied painting and art history at Kansas City Art Institute, Boston University, and in Italy. Painting, in its essence, is the communication of ideas and sensations that can only be felt and understood by looking at an image created with paint. Exploring ways to communicate through painting has always been a part of my life. My paintings can be described as a combination of several methods of painting, incorporating different concepts and image-making approaches, ranging from complete abstraction and expressionism to realism. My latest work incorporates ideas, impressions, and abstractions derived from retail interiors, Caribbean beaches, dress patterns, and imagery created by European Renaissance artists.
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