James Ireland is concerned with the ways culture and economics shape our perception of the environment. His work references signs of idealised landscape; sunsets, blue skies, mountain ranges, waterfalls, but processes them through the materials of our developed, cultivated world.
Works are often generated through the arrangement of simple mass produced objects; plastic bags, posters, concrete, polystyrene, metal display structures, or employ mirrors and translucent surfaces to reflect and filter the environment.
Ireland is deeply engaged with the idea of landscape and the mass of culture that defines it, ‘the work is about how the world we do live in produces a desire for a world we don’t live in’, he explains.
Born in 1977, James Ireland graduated from Ruskin School of Fine Art, University of Oxford in 1999. Exhibitions include, Always Greener, PM Gallery, Ealing, Material Presence, 176, London, Beyond the Country: perspectives of the land in historic and contemporary art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Uncanny Nature, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Scape, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania, Into My World: Recent British Sculpture, Aldrich Museum, Connecticut, with solo exhibitions at the Economist Building, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, f a projects, London and Spike Island, Bristol. His permanently installed commissions can be seen at Kingfisher Court, Radlett, St. Bart’s Hospital, London and at the Zabludowicz Collection, Sarvisalo, Finland.