James Apichart Jarvis was born in 1988. He completed a BA in American Studies from University of Kent, Canterbury in 2011, and now lives in his native London. In 2008 he studied one year at the Chelsea College of Art and Design and exhibited his work in the Pollocks London exhibit, of undergraduate artists, in the same year.
In 2012 James Apichart Jarvis curated an architectural exhibition ‘SCIN on the Farm’ for the SCIN Gallery with contributors such as Carola Wochner, Lison Decaunes, Tristian Titeux and Gill Wilson. James has also worked on an exhibition ‘Cut Out the Light’ featuring the designs of Noma Bar and Jake Dyson.
Much of Jarvis’s inspiration originates from his time in the United States; studying abroad at the University of Miami and the subsequent road trip around the nation via the Greyhound bus service which recalled the romantic notion of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. He is currently working on an exhibition of his work that explores the themes of the normality of modern America.
Jarvis’s work has primarily been focused on an obsessive need to depict the real from his early passion with drawing and now the oil paint medium. The range of artists who has affected him are those who have a strong background in the technical before moving onto the distinctive style; Gerhard Richter, David Hockney, Chuck Close, Vincent Van Gogh, and Piet Mondrian.
Jarvis states that the aim of his work is “to induce the experience of exploration and fascination through paintings that experiment present a range of techniques and an architectural based composition”.