James Holdsworth’s art deals with issues of urban complexity and the relationship between modern society and its icons. The icons play a role in a complex story that takes place mainly in the background of the canvas.
It is contemporary life as seen through a looking glass of mass communication. Faces of infamous figures, both good and bad, politicians and rock stars, revolutionaries and pop icons all gaze out of the canvases as we gaze back at them, obstructed only by drips of paint, varnish and glitter. They are locked in a shiny, visceral cocoon that appears to be physically melting in front of our eyes.