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Sale price$ 600


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


The work comes with a Certification of Authenticity signed and numbered by the Co-Founder of Tappan


James is donating 100% of their sale proceeds from this print to The Roswell Chamber of Commerce, which is the site of the John Cerney mural in the photograph.

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“There’s a limited amount of space within a viewfinder or on a canvas and what someone chooses to fill it with says so much about them and what they were feeling at the time. It’s like a Rorschach test we create ourselves.”
-James Needham
James Needham

About the Artist

James Needham

Australian photographer James Needham crafts digitally-collaged urban landscapes with images taken in 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 Architectural Digest, Paper Journal, Nylon Korea and Art Maze Magazine.

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Cheryl Humphreys & Mike McMullen
June 7 - September 3

8200 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA

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