James Everett Stanley’s paintings are a set of investigations into the fluid qualities of memory; the multiplicities of identity; and the varied avenues a visual representation can take in attempting to illuminate something whole. For the artist, the most interesting paintings collapse time, landscape, glances, and interactions by gestural brush stroke, the deconstruction of physical space, or the pulling together of disparate elements to create something fuller than a single strain of experience.
Stanley writes: Living year round on Cape Cod can be exhilarating and destabilizing: the gorgeous extremes of landscape and weather and the occasional social isolation are all things I wanted to document... The inherent vulnerabilities of Black identity, particularly in the rural landscape; of fatherhood; of our roles as climate citizens...it's all at the front of my mind when making these paintings. What do we see; what do we turn away from; what is barreling toward us as we move alone through time?
James Everett Stanley (b. 1975) received his MFA in painting from Columbia University. His work has been shown widely, including solo and group exhibitions at Gaa Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Freight & Volume Gallery, New York, NY; Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA; Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL; and Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL. Stanley is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was awarded a Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program fellowship and a fellowship from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. His work was recently included in institutionally-based exhibitions at the Provincetown Arts Society, Mary Heaton Vorse House, Provincetown, MA; Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, MA; the Cape Cod Museum of Art, MA; and the Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI. He is an Assistant Professor of Painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Stanley lives and works in Wellfleet, MA.