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James Ng

MA work


  • james
  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Painting, 2014

  • My work is about expanding freedom in perception through creating an alternative of the original. To do so, I begin by creating a thing that has a definite meaning, and break it apart in different ways. My subjects are often everyday overlooked objects and events, I choose them because of our essential, frequent and emotional interaction with them. I also work with historical and technological materials because they place time in awkward position. My works consist of painting and sculpture. Through physical, persisting and empirical process, my perception towards the subject changes slowly and naturally.

    I believe perception is shaped from one's empirical knowledge and present senses. However, while outside knowledge we can access nowadays is richer and broader; it’s not necessarily factual due to nature of being subjective, historical, authorship and linguistic. Time, subjectivity and imagination make knowledge become foundation of new perspectives. For example, imagine two cats looking at Manet's Olympia in year 2024, the cats will have two different and new perceptions very different to ours. My work is to constantly achieve such a perspective.

    Personally, the act of stepping out of ordinary holds the supreme aesthetic value; it is something I can search for perpetually.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • We Design Chairs, Milton Keynes Art Centre, Milton Keynes, 2014; PNTG NOV, Hockney Gallery, London 2013