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P. James Bryans
P. James Bryans

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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Do you remember your childhood?
Do you remember the feeling? The wonder, the innocence?
For myself it was a childhood full of daydreams and wonderment. The bush, calm and secluded. The night sky with its stars and vanilla milky-way, and the thousand colours in a single blade of grass.
Growing up on an idyllic farmlet, I spent my days wandering through the bush, giving my imagination free reign.
Now, as an adult, I manipulate and appropriate fragments of those times from my (embellished) memories, along with the books and ephemera of my childhood to capture those moments that we treasure, and make us who we are.
My artworks have often been referred to as ‘bedtime story’ assemblages. Using themes from the 1950’s, the ‘Age of Innocence’, such as the utopian nuclear family or my own ‘Enid Blyton’-esque children I create screenprints of innocence, purity, kitsch, nostalgia… schmaltzy!
My artworks, however, leave out particular details. There are no facial features. Like our childhood memories there is a void, an absence of detail that gets filled in by our adult self. We have to narrate the rest of the story. Viewer narration leads to coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections occur, leading to surprising analogies.
Edition of 10. Hand signed and numbered by the artist. The edition is hand-printed, produced on 350gsm Magnani Incisioni paper with a deckled edge. Each print has a different piece of authentic Japanese origami paper as part of the edition. Since each print is hand-made minute variations may be apparent from print to print.
Certificate of Authenticity included with print.
Image that shows artwork in a frame is for scale purposes only. Print sold NOT framed. The print, when posted, will be carefully wrapped (in protective paper and bubble wrap) before being rolled into a postal tube, this is then placed within another postal tube for extra protection.


Screenprint with Origami Paper on 350gsm Magnani paper. circa 2015.

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