February James is inspired by autobiographical narratives, striving to capture the essence of a person without mediating on one’s physicality. Drawing on aspects of her own identity and experiences lived in the family environment, she unmasks the Self, representing her own experiences and familial relationships. She reflects on sexuality and the body, on death and the subconscious, exploring what hovers at the margins. Making distorted forms with oil pastels, watercolour and graphite powder in vivid colours , she represents the intangible, as it can appear in memories and dreams.
James received a BFA from the Art Centre College of Design, Pasadena. Her solo exhibitions include A Place to Belong, Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles (2019) and Band of Vices, Los Angeles (2018). Her work has featured in group exhibitions at several galleries such as: Jeffery Deitch, Los Angeles (2019); Gallery Josephine, Martha’s Vineyard (2018); Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles (2017) and Papillion Gallery, Los Angeles (2015).