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 Scale (Pink and Green)
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 81.2 cm (24 x 32 in)
October 2017
James Sewell Painting geometric pattern grid Scale (Pink and Green)
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 81.2 cm (24 x 32 in)
October 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 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