16th Jun 2018
MUSES, MODELS AND MISTRESSES
I often joke that my biggest influences were girls, followed by the crazy life I lived as an adolescent and teenager. Not other artists. Back in the early 70s, when I was pioneering photo art 24/7, I would often late at night. go the nightclubs in Torquay. One evening on my way, I met Mars and never got there. She kept offering me sweets. I said "I'm not sure I should take sweets from a stranger..." We were together 5 years. She appears in about 50 of the works.
7th Jun 2018
METASPHERE 1974+5 BY JAMES ELLIOTT
Arguably the most revolutionary art photograph of the 20th Century, 'Metasphere' introduced the concept of the epic photograph, created over time. 332 hours of work to be precise. The image is a huge painted photo-sculpture, so meticulously created that it predicts and predates the immaculate 3D imagery of the Nineties and Noughties. The exact opposite of the snapshot. Inspired by the complexity of physicality and quantum mechanics.
1st Jun 2018
THE MEDUSA MONUMENTA 1979 by James Elliott
This is a world exclusive! I have never shown this piece before and it is rather wonderful. Created in London, deep in darkest Cricklewood (Well, infamous serial killer Nilsen, was in the street next to me, at the time I created this). Bit close for comfort hahahaha. By that time, the closed dreamy eyes were already a bit of an Elliottonian trademark.
19th May 2018
LUSH LADY LOVEBITES! - TEENAGE WASTELAND INFLUENCES.
Here I am at 18 wondering what the EL to do with my Life hahahaha. Glamour queen Pauline didn't just give me lovebites (in case you are wondering what that is on my neck) and a love affair, but a direction which wasn't formerly there. At that age I'd believe anything a beautiful girl told me and she thought I was artistically gifted. I didn't. She was a much bigger influence on me than Salvador Dali hahahahaha
12th May 2018
POLYCHROMATIC PARTICLES (Soft Structural Synthesis) 1999.
Pioneering computer image, this was probably inspired by reading about quantum mechanics and the miracle of human vision as a teenager. The eye can distnguish wavelengths of light MILLIONTHS OF A MILLIMETRE apart. Think about it. Or 10 to the minus 9 if you like maths. The image has an oblique reference to rods and cones and the fovea centralis.... and expresses the superiority of colour over mono.
9th May 2018
TAKEN DURING FILMING OF 'VOICE OF A NEW GENERATION'
Olé!!!!!! Hahahahaha This previously unseen shot, taken during the filming of Elliott's first video at Belsize Park around 1990. The cloaks and knee length boots disappeared with the Nineties and Noughties and the hat is now the Mark IV. Also, after EL left the Darkstudio, he decided never to own a studio again, as he finds the environment sterile and uninspiring, which is why his studio looked unlike everyone else's. And computers made them less of a necessity. Also why spend money on overheads when you can spend it on adventure?! So for 25 years he has shot on location and to great effect. Glamorous locations at that. His studios have long since been replaced with computer rooms.
2nd April 2018
CROWNING OF THE GLAMOUR QUEEN 1995 by JAMES ELLIOTT
From the early, pioneering computer art.... breaking new ground is always exciting....
25th Mar 2018
EVOLUTIONARY FRAGMENTS 1977 by JAMES ELLIOTT
Loafing around in the sun on fabulous Blackpool Sands in Devon, a favourite haunt, I noticed an extraordinary wet pebble (they don't show their colours dry, all are submerged in the photograph). I collected several huge bags full. 27 hours of work (or loafing on the beach in the sun, depending on your point of view haha). Even driving around the cliff top to Slapton Sands. Remember thinking.... there must be half the history of the world here.... countless millennia...... 100 pebbles..... but every one is exceptional.....
11th Mar 2018
THE ANGELICA GEOMETRICA
One of the early pioneering computer works. Created on a PowerMac 8100, which despite being state-of-the-art, involved an awful lot of time watching progress bars...... despite having 8mb of onboard RAM. It also had ab additional 8mb of RAM fitted, which cost an extra £1500.... yes that is £1500 for 8 megabytes of RAM.... not gigabytes.....
The originals are beautiful at around 24 inches square.... to buy this piece e mail us for price.
26th Feb 2018
FIRST AUTOPORTRAIT 1974
Whilst pioneering photo art, it never occurred to me to document anything, not even myself. I was too busy chasing the ultimate photograph. My first autoportrait was done at the behest of a magazine, publishing a 6 page feature and cover. Taken around the time of 'Metasphere' 1974+5..... my first scarlet jacket......
31st Jan 2018
FROM THE VAULTS...... The Solemn Sleeping Silence Of Snow 1967
A world exclusive.... this was from really early on, when I was still a teenager. My photography at that point was still very much observational, like everybody else's, a little before I started pulling ideas straight out of my imagination and turning photography completely on its head. Olé!'
25th Jan 2018
NUCLEUS 1974 - QUANTUM PHYSICS OR ABSTRACT GEOMETRIC EROTICA?
This was one of my early triumphs, along with 'Infinity and Eternity' of 1972, both of which ultimately led to 'Metasphere' 1975+5. They are all predominantly spherical. Although each has their own type of mystery. They say if you play The Beatles or Led Zep backwards you get a sinister message. You get a message about Satan or some such. Well if you turn NUCLEUS 1974 upside down, many get something else entirely. Quantum mechanics, abstract geometric erotica or the spiritual glow of light? You decide.... I guess people always find themselves in Art.
19th Jan 2018
THE MODEL FOR KISS ON FROSTED GLASS
People often ask who the model was.....
1st Jan 2018
TRIPPING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC OF LIPSTICK AND LOST LOVE
was the first piece I ever put up on the web in 1997, about Kiss on Frosted Glass. Surprised by the number of people hitting the single page, I subsequently went on to write over 100,000 words. For the first time, this initial essay is now ILLUSTRATED. It is here: http://www.jameselliott.com/articons/kiss/kissessay.html
1st Jan 2018
LIVE LONG AND LAUGH LOUDLY!!
Many thanks to all of you who have been supportive this year. The picture 'Celebration' was created 20 years ago in 1997. One of the early pioneering computer works. I like to think of it as a beautiful paragon of frivolity. The opposite of (say) 'Remorse'. See 9,500 word essay here
25th Dec 2017
EAT, DRINK AND MUNCH HAHAHA
NORVEGE NUL POINTS... GRAND BRETAGNE DOUZE POINTS... HAHAHAHA
Ever wonder how icons become icons? Neither do I, but people must be quite easy to please considering some of the rubbish which gets there. Munch's brushwork would do credit to a wunderkind at kindergarten (I'm being kind). EL
17th Dec 2017
Wishing you all Fabadoodle Festivities!! Here is a marginally festive picture! hahaha....
5th Dec 2017
JAMES ELLIOTT AND THE QUEEN OF PAGE 3 - JO GUEST
One of the most fun people on the planet...... Lamborghinis, Lotus Esprit Turbos, helicopters, London's prestigious Landmark Hotel and top nightclubs Stringfellows and Tramp. All held together with much laughter and Champagne, even on one occasion, popping a cork in the street! Must be worse things to do with your life.... hahahaha.... see "Portraits".
28th Oct 2017
"CHARGE YOUR GLASSES AND PRAY BE UPSTANDING!"
JAMES ELLIOTT .com - 20th ANNIVERSARY!!
Remember screechy dial up and minutes to load an image? We were there. It all began because of this girl. Story here: http://www.jameselliott.com/trivia/sitehistory.html
5th Sep 2017
"AS STRONG AN IDENTITY AS WELLES OR HITCHCOCK"
CAT IN THE HAT CAME BACK (wreaked a lot of havoc on the way)
JAMES ELLIOTT - 20 YEARS AS A FINE ART MAVERICK
Actually, it's 50 years now, as this press article was published in 1995, as a cover and 5-page feature. It's now on the web. See link. For those unfamiliar, the headline is from REM's Sidewinder. Note especially the last line. Very few? None! http://www.iconpublications.com/photon/nov95/elliott.html
25th Aug 2017
TIPSY BUBBLES 2017
Back in the Champagne soaked days of sunny Greencroft Gardens, glamour queen Traci Topps came to visit me from Texas in 1994. We created this really fun piece together. My corner shop stocked this fab Champagne, which I always bought. It took 23 years to take the picture from 99.9 to 100%. Note the odd shoes.
8th Aug 2017
NEW SELF PORTRAIT
Elliott literally just made this in August 2017. One of his strongest self portraits ever. In 50 years he has only created around 25 self portraits. The first at the behest of a magazine in 1974, to accompany a six page interview feature and cover.
18th Jul 2017
LUSH SCARLET ICONICA 2017 - NEW CLASSIC!
The artist just created this and although the Elliottonian colour palette is very much in evidence, I think this surpasses previous images in terms of opulence, elegance and style. Future classic, if I say so myself..... which I often do hahahaha... Picture is TST (Title Still Tentative).
6th Jul 2017
UNIVERSAL WONDERVISION 2017 - NEW MASTERPIECE!
Elliott's latest masterpiece displays an unprecedented energy, vibrancy and vivacity Following and surpassing the level set by 'The Magical Masquerade'. Major work. Much of his recent work shows a fascination with exacting, almost atomic complexity and cosmological vastness. Few would take on such huge concepts.
16th May 2017
THE PICTURE FOR MARGARET POMEROY
MARGARET POMEROY WAS A WOMAN OF GREAT BEAUTY.
She and her jealous sister Eleanor both fell in love with the same man. Eleanor locked Margaret in the dungeon of Berry Pomeroy Castle (England's most haunted house) until she slowly and painfully starved to death. This picture was the second elegy. To see all five go here: http://www.jameselliott.com/whitelady/whiteladygallery.html
4th May 2017
MADAM FLY IS 40!!
But does NOT look her age. Created in 1977, Madam Fly remains futuristic and timeless. El just put it up on Facebook recently and the initial likes demographic ranged from a 17 year old girl to a lady 102 years old. How fantastic that the appeal of Elliott's work can span such a fantastic age divide!! The ever popular image has FOUR magazine covers to its credit, has been exhibited in London and New York, appeared in anthologies and seen by millions on the web. It's a Unique World Edition of 10. El only did 18 pictures in editions as large as 10. The rest of the canon are all single figures. He pioneered unique one-offs and tiny editions in the early 70s. A recent remaster allowed a larger 24 inch giclée print than the original 16 inch Cibachromes. They look pretty impressive.
30th Mar 2017
PORTRAITS OF THE ARTIST
Check out the 10 superb self portraits of Elliott. Some are new additions.
Just click PORTRAITS on the home page.
6th Mar 2017
A FRISSON OF FORTISSIMO
A certain je ne sais quoi..... an edition of 5.
27th Feb 2017
17th Feb 2017
Every wonder about how much exactitude goes into an Elliott original?
Here is classic 'Champagne & Stilettos'1982, just 5 minutes before the shoot.
For comparison go here: http://www.jameselliott.com/major/cs.html
6th Jan 2017
NEW SELF PORTRAITS!!
Four new self portraits have been added to the PORTRAITS section on the home page. So there are now ten in total. Including the one below with Liz Caron at 17 and one with legendary Page 3 glamour queen Jo Guest.
9th Sept 2016
Published in print in at least 30 countries from Russia to Japan.
Launched a million fetish photographers. Stylish, colourful latex clothes did not exist, so Elliott made them. Built the wall too. Predates Britney / Gaga / George Michael etc. Read the story In Art Icons. Amazingly small edition of 4 vintage cibachromes. All sold out, but we may be able to get you one from an existing owner. Price likely to be in the region of £25,000.
28th Aug 2016
THE BANKNOTES ARE BACK !!
The banknotes return to The Bank. These fell from the sky as Elliott entered the Glamour Money & Power show. TIMES QUOTE
“...to describe him as flamboyant is an understatement. Anyone who prints pound notes with their own face replacing the Queens and who turns up at events in large cars with topless models could not be described otherwise.”
25th Aug 2016
THE METAPHYSICA MATHEMATICA
This is a detail from one of Elliott's greatest masterpieces of the past decade, which you just HAVE to see complete, so click on this link for the whole picture: http://www.jameselliott.com/innovation/perplex.html
He started this in 2005 and finished it in 2012. Such protracted time scales are not uncommon with Elliott. The longest being for 'Death Of The Black Widow's Daughter', which took 40 years. He has also created some superb colour variations of 'The Metaphysica Mathematica'. And just created the first 90cm (36 inch) pigment prints. They look incredible!
5th Aug 2016
A SENSATION IN SCARLET 2016
Just finished today..... Olé!
1st Aug 2016
"When I was a young man critics held up the Moaning Old Lisa as a paragon of beauty. 'The world's most beautiful woman' went the hollow hype. All my girls are more beautiful than that. I saw the painting in the Louvre with Mars, my girlfriend, model and muse in 1973. I looked at the painting and looked at her and thought 'Mars must be the most beautiful woman on Mars!' She's certainly more beautiful than Mona." JAMES ELLIOTT