James Bland NEAC is a figurative artist. His work often juxtaposes observed and imagined subjects.
James paints predominatelyalla prima, but he often starts by making sketchbook notes. Over time, his paintings change from the original motif significantly, as layers of oil paint are added or removed and subject matter edited in or out. His work is influenced by realism, cubism, fauvism, decorative art, and surrealism.
He revises his paintings substantially, giving them latitude to change and depart from the original motif - a method inspired by Giorgione and Georges Braque. Objects, locations and figures might painted out or in, canvases re-stretched and colour schemes completely altered. The alchemy of this unpredictable process is what gives each painting its unique character and excitement.