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Archival pigment print | 2020
Location: Roswell, NM
Special work note: This work is a photograph of John Cerney's mural in Roswell, New Mexico, which was commissioned by the Roswell Chamber of Commerce and donated by Cerney. James will donate all of his proceeds from the sale of this work to the Roswell Chamber of Commerce inspired by Cerney's giving spirit and wonderful mural work.
“States of Color” is a new series chronicling Needham’s continual search for line, shape, and color. The photographic series was taken during the artist's travels around America and Spain, ultimately ending with a road trip from Los Angeles to Kansas City. “The series bends towards a more joyful place than some of my previous work and that was certainly a choice, perhaps even more than a choice, it was a desire. I pushed it in that direction because that’s where I needed to be.” Taken before the global shutdown caused by COVID-19, the editing and constructing of the final images was very much in the midst of it. During that final 1600 mile road trip from California to Kansas, Needham had specifically sought out quiet and deserted corners of a country which now seemed to consist entirely of them. “I wanted to keep these places peaceful and calm but with an unmistakable element of joy.”
"I did actually intend to spell the name of the piece “Rosewell” instead of the name of the actual town Roswell. It was in keeping with my theme of having the locations depicted in my work being “an inch outside of the familiar.” I like the concept of people recognizing familiar locations in brand new environments. As you know I didn’t alter the mural (other than cropping out some elements) and so I decided to spell the name of the location differently as a way of achknowleding that element of my work." - James Needham
16 x 12 inches
24 x 18 inches
40 x 30 inches
16 x 12 inches
Matted: 23.5 x 19.5 x 1.25 inches
Full Bleed: 17.5 x 13.5 x 1.25 inches
24 x 18 inches
Matted: 32 x 26 x 2 inches
Full Bleed: 26 x 20 x 2 inches
40 x 30 inches
Matted: 48 x 38 x 2 inches
Full Bleed: 42 x 32 x 2 inches
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Australian photographer James Needham captures urban landscapes like New York, Los Angeles, Route 66 and Roswell New Mexico in compositions reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s colorful city scenes. His work has been featured in Paper Journal, Nylon Korea and Art Maze Magazine.
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