James Bullough is an American-born artist living and working in Berlin, Germany. His paintings and monumental site-specific murals blend realist painting techniques with graphic abstraction.
As a young artist growing up in Washington, D.C., surrounded by gritty urban graffiti, Bullough began mashing up the energy of the street with realistic oil painting techniques he learned from studying the Old Masters. By combining the momentum of one and the technical precision of the other, his work creates powerful contrasts and juxtapositions. Working in oils, spray paint and ink on canvas, he strikes a balance between realistic figuration and stylized interruption.
Breaking realistic elements with disjointed, repeated imagery and fractured planes, Bullough constantly challenges viewers' perceptions.