Portfolio > Paintings

2011 - Present

My current work explores the value of the hand-made and craft skills, through pattern-based paintings structured around the grid. Painting a pattern by hand creates subtle variations between each repetition. A “perfect” result that exactly replicates the initial design is impossible, because the hand approximates the ideal. It is the small flaws that make the work unique and personal; different to a painting created by someone else following an identical design. Do the imperfections that arise by transferring a design to canvas make the outcome “wrong”, or are they where the appeal lies?

James Sewell Painting geometric pattern grid Ripple (Black and Blue)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in), diagonal 86.3 cm (34 in)
August 2017
James Sewell Painting geometric pattern grid Ripple (Black and Blue)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in), diagonal 86.3 cm (34 in)
August 2017
James Sewell Painting geometric pattern grid Plot (Pink, Turquoise, Yellow and Purple)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
81.2 cm x 81.2 cm (32 x 32 in)
June 2017
James Sewell Painting geometric pattern grid Plot (Pink, Turquoise, Yellow and Purple)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
81.2 cm x 81.2 cm (32 x 32 in)
June 2017
James Sewell Painting geometric pattern grid Replicate (Red, Yellow, Green, Blue)
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in)
October 2016
James Sewell Painting geometric pattern grid Replicate (Red, Yellow, Green, Blue)
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in)
October 2016
James Sewell Painting geometric pattern grid Trio (Blue, Pink and Yellow)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
81.2 cm x 81.2 cm (32 x 32 in)
June 2016
James Sewell Painting geometric pattern grid Trio (Blue, Pink and Yellow)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
81.2 cm x 81.2 cm (32 x 32 in)
June 2016
James Sewell Painting geometric pattern grid
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
81.2 cm x 45.7 (32 x 18 in)
February 2016
James Sewell Painting geometric pattern grid
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
81.2 cm x 45.7 (32 x 18 in)
February 2016
James Sewell Painting Fire and Water geometric pattern grid
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 81.3 cm (24 x 32 in)
May 2015
James Sewell Painting Fire and Water geometric pattern grid
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 81.3 cm (24 x 32 in)
May 2015
James Sewell Painting Connect (Yellow and Grey) geometric pattern grid
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
81.2 cm x 45.7 (32 x 18 in)
December 2014
James Sewell Painting Connect (Yellow and Grey) geometric pattern grid
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
81.2 cm x 45.7 (32 x 18 in)
December 2014
James Sewell Painting Connect (Red, Blue and Yellow) geometric pattern grid
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 81.2 cm (18 x 32 in)
September 2014
James Sewell Painting Connect (Red, Blue and Yellow) geometric pattern grid
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 81.2 cm (18 x 32 in)
September 2014
James Sewell Painting Pace (Red and Yellow) geometric pattern grid
Acrylic on canvas
Left and right - 61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in), Middle - 71.1 x 71.1 cm (28 x 28 in)
August 2014
James Sewell Painting Pace (Red and Yellow) geometric pattern grid
Acrylic on canvas
Left and right - 61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in), Middle - 71.1 x 71.1 cm (28 x 28 in)
August 2014
James Sewell Painting Corner (Black and Purple Weave) geometric pattern grid
Acrylic on canvas
45.7 x 45.7 cm (18 x 18 in)
May 2014
James Sewell Painting Corner (Black and Purple Weave) geometric pattern grid
Acrylic on canvas
45.7 x 45.7 cm (18 x 18 in)
May 2014
James Sewell Painting Channel (Black and Purple Weave) geometric pattern grid
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in), diagonal 86.3 cm (34 in)
May 2014
James Sewell Painting Channel (Black and Purple Weave) geometric pattern grid
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in), diagonal 86.3 cm (34 in)
May 2014
James Sewell painting Phase (Pink, Green, Orange, Blue)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 71.1 cm (18 x 28 in)
June 2013
James Sewell painting Phase (Pink, Green, Orange, Blue)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 71.1 cm (18 x 28 in)
June 2013
James Sewell painting Point (Red)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in)
June 2013
James Sewell painting Point (Red)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in)
June 2013
James Sewell painting Pace (Silver)
Acrylic on canvas
81.3 x 61 cm (32 x 24 in)
May 2013
James Sewell painting Pace (Silver)
Acrylic on canvas
81.3 x 61 cm (32 x 24 in)
May 2013
James Sewell painting Split (Red and Green)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 45.7 cm (18 x 18 in), diagonal 64.6 cm (25.4 in)
July 2012
James Sewell painting Split (Red and Green)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 45.7 cm (18 x 18 in), diagonal 64.6 cm (25.4 in)
July 2012
James Sewell painting Split (Blue and Yellow)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 45.7 cm (18 x 18 in), diagonal 64.6 cm (25.4 in)
July 2012
James Sewell painting Split (Blue and Yellow)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 45.7 cm (18 x 18 in), diagonal 64.6 cm (25.4 in)
July 2012
James Sewell painting Lattice (Lime)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
61 x 81.3 cm (24 x 32 in)
July 2012
James Sewell painting Lattice (Lime)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
61 x 81.3 cm (24 x 32 in)
July 2012
James Sewell painting Arc Construct (Gold)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
61 x 71.1 cm (24 x 28 in)
July 2012
James Sewell painting Arc Construct (Gold)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
61 x 71.1 cm (24 x 28 in)
July 2012
James Sewell painting Arc Construct (Magenta)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
81.3 x 111.8 cm (32 x 44 in)
April 2012
James Sewell painting Arc Construct (Magenta)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
81.3 x 111.8 cm (32 x 44 in)
April 2012
James Sewell painting Interlace-Interspace (Yellow and Green 2)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
81.3 x 111.8 cm (32 x 44 in)
April 2012
James Sewell painting Interlace-Interspace (Yellow and Green 2)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
81.3 x 111.8 cm (32 x 44 in)
2012
James Sewell painting Wave (Turquoise 2)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
81.3 x 81.3 cm (32 x 32 in), diagonal 115 cm (45.3 in)
April 2012
James Sewell painting Wave (Turquoise 2)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
81.3 x 81.3 cm (32 x 32 in), diagonal 115 cm (45.3 in)
April 2012
James Sewell painting Wave (Indigo)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
71.1 x 71.1 cm (28 x 28 in), diagonal 100.6 cm (39.6 in)
March 2012
James Sewell painting Wave (Indigo)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
71.1 x 71.1 cm (28 x 28 in), diagonal 100.6 cm (39.6 in)
March 2012
James Sewell painting Interlace-Interspace (Yellow and Green)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 61 cm (18 x 24 in)
March 2012
James Sewell painting Interlace-Interspace (Yellow and Green)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 61 cm (18 x 24 in)
March 2012
James Sewell painting Wave (Turquoise)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 45.7 cm (18 x 18 in), diagonal 64.6 cm (25.4 in)
February 2012
James Sewell Painting Arc Interspace (Pink and Purple)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 61 cm (18 x 24 in)
January 2012
James Sewell Painting Wave (Red and Yellow)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 45.7 cm (18 x 18 in)
December 2011
James Sewell painting Wave (Red and Yellow)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 45.7 cm (18 x 18 in)
December 2011
James Sewell painting Arc 3
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
25.4 x 30.5 cm (10 x 12 in)
November 2011
James Sewell painting Arc 2
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
25.4 x 30.5 cm (10 x 12 in)
November 2011
James Sewell painting Arc 1
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
25.4 x 30.5 cm (10 x 12 in)
November 2011
James Sewell painting
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
71.1 x 71.1 cm (28 x 28 in)
November 2011
Detail: Arc (Black and White)
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
71.1 x 71.1 cm (28 x 28 in)
November 2011
James Sewell painting
Acrylic on MDF board
45 x 45 cm (17.7 x 17.7 in)
October 2011
James Sewell painting
Acrylic on canvas and MDF board
45 x 45 cm (17.7 x 17.7 in)
October 2011
James Sewell painting
Acrylic on canvas and MDF board
45 x 45 cm (17.7 x 17.7 in)
October 2011
James Sewell painting Sliver 2
Acrylic on MDF board
45 x 45 cm (17.7 x 17.7 in)
September 2011
James Sewell painting Sliver 2
Acrylic on MDF board
45 x 45 cm (17.7 x 17.7 in)
September 2011
James Sewell painting Sliver
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 71.1 cm (18 x 28 in)
August 2011
James Sewell painting Sliver
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
45.7 x 71.1 cm (18 x 28 in)
August 2011
James Sewell painting Weave
Acrylic on canvas
71.1 x 71.1 cm (28 x 28 in)
June 2011
James Sewell painting Weave
Acrylic on canvas
71.1 x 71.1 cm (28 x 28 in)
June 2011
James Sewell painting Ridge
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
71.1 x 71.1 cm (28 x 28 in)
June 2011
James Sewell painting Ridge
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
71.1 x 71.1 cm (28 x 28 in)
June 2011
James Sewell painting Askew
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
71.1 x 71.1 cm (28 x 28 in)
May 2011
James Sewell painting Askew
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
71.1 x 71.1 cm (28 x 28 in)
May 2011
James Sewell painting
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
110 x 120 cm (43.3 x 47.2 in)
March 2011
James Sewell painting
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
110 x 120 cm (43.3 x 47.2 in)
March 2011
James Sewell painting
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
4 sections each measuring 60 x 120 cm (23.6 x 47.2 in)
February 2011
James Sewell painting
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
4 sections each measuring 60 x 120 cm (23.6 x 47.2 in)
February 2011
James Sewell painting
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
4 sections each measuring 60 x 120 cm (23.6 x 47.2 in)
February 2011
James Sewell painting
Acrylic and cotton thread on canvas
4 sections each measuring 60 x 120 cm (23.6 x 47.2 in)
February 2011
James Sewell painting
Ink and acrylic on canvas
131.4 x 102 cm (51.7 x 40.2 in)
February 2011
James Sewell painting
Ink and acrylic on canvas
131.4 x 102 cm (51.7 x 40.2 in)
February 2011
James Sewell painting
Acrylic on card
February 2011
James Sewell painting
Acrylic on card
February 2011