Jim McElvaney

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Bio

Jim McElvaney lives and works in Sheffield. From floorboards to cupboard doors and makeshift canvases, Jim’s portraits emerge from the surfaces of found materials and objects. These weathered surfaces have their own unknown history just like the people depicted. And the act of making is more than just applying paint to canvas. The work is tactile and the handmade frames are crafted. The finished pieces are almost sculptural; they become objects in their own right.

Jim is fascinated with the way we look at people, and the stories we create watching strangers on a bus or in the street, ‘who are they, what do they do, what are they feeling’? It’s these moments of prying contemplation and natural emotion that Jim’s work aims to capture.

Jim will be exhibiting new work in a group figurative exhibition ‘Just Human’ at Well Hung in April 2018 so watch this space.