7th July 2020
SHAKESPEARE AND I
Wasn’t it William Shakespeare who once said,
“This coxcomb who doth skip a light fandango down Abbey Road
and thence dance back home in a jig!
Chase does he not the shadow of his own stylish hat?!
At first in a glint and thence flash of resplendence...
Methinks he maketh perchance, the finest of photos in the land...
Beyond the splendour of a spring morn....
Deeper than the oceans.... Higher than the mountains in stature.....
Words are a small thing next to a quark in an Elliottonian masterpiece!”
28th Jun 2020
NEO NUCLEI QUADRANGLE SPLIT 2020 by JAMES ELLIOTT - 35 YEARS IN THE MAKING!
But one of my greatest!
It's 1986 and I am in Paris on the Rue de Rivoli looking at the merch in the tourist shops. I spotted a couple of Venetian style masks, which I thought were beautiful and would be great as an element in a picture. They remained in a tissued box in my various homes from Belsize Park to Abbey Road for about 30 years before I did anything with them. In 2003 I created a small cyber abstraction and in 2005 I turned it into the quad image, now the background. I also gave it the title. I really liked the hyper complexity, but felt it lacked the kind of explosive power I search for. It needed a human presence. A decade later in 2015 I realised the missing element was the mask. I altered them a bit changing the colours to something more Elliottonian and I removed certain painted elements I did not like. I also perfected some of the mask detail. This year I fine tuned the spectacular colour of the entire image, which turned it into a masterpiece. Olé...!
24th Jun 2020
THE GENESIS OF NEMESIS by JAMES ELLIOTT - NEW WRITTEN PIECE
This is a new 2100 word essay on my anthropological masterpiece NEMESIS, created in 2000. The piece requires viewer concentration. You won't get it at a glance. The essay is about how the picture was created ex nihilo from a black square. Bit like the Big Bang theory, except this is for real. It was created in sunny Greencroft Gardens, just before I moved to Abbey Road, the same year. Unique World Edition of 6. http://www.jameselliott.com/artvox/nemesis/nemesis.html
14th Jun 2020
PROGRESS AND PANJANDRUMS by JAMES ELLIOTT - NEW WRITTEN PIECE
ART VOX is one of the oldest galleries on the site so is currently getting a revamp. In the process of updating I wrote this short piece on progress and also took a new picture of the computer station where I create my cyber masterpieces. The written piece is here : http://www.jameselliott.com/artvox/progress.html
1st Jun 2020
SARENNA STEPPING OUT by JAMES ELLIOTT - WORLD FIRST!
The phone rang, it was Sarenna. I jumped in the Lotus and drove across London to pick her up. This is how she looked when I arrived! No, her figure LOOKED like that! It is NOT retouched! We then drove into Mayfair and went to the Hilton on Park Lane and The Hard Rock Café. Glamour makes everything memorable.
24th May 2020
ETHEREAL VISION IN BLUE 1976 by JAMES ELLIOTT - WORLD FIRST!
Mars was Model, Muse & GF for 5 years. She was beautuful, with very long legs. You can see here, she is almost the height of the door. This is one of those masterpieces that got somehow sidelined and became an obscure hidden classic. This is the first time it has ever been seen.
19th May 2020
100 QUOTES, MAXIMS & APHORISMS
50 NEW PAGES
I started writing in 1997 when I made my first page for the web. I wrote TRIPPING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC OF LIPSTICK AND LOST LOVE (in Art Icons), which was a 3,000 word essay on KISS ON FROSTED GLASS 1984. I was amazed at the number of people visiting the site, so started the supersite now in existence. I had also noticed on multiple occasions throughout my 40s that people would often say "I must write that down" or somesuch, when I said things and some actually did write them down. So I thought, rather as I did with Photography, that things people like deserve a wider audience. In 2000 I stopped keeping a diary and instead wrote down exceptional thoughts. Over the ensuing decades this has become 2,000 written pieces from 4 word aphorisms to 10,000 word essays. 100 of the aphorisms, maxims and quotes are now in their own gallery: QUOTES QUOTA (through ART ICONS). Or you can access them all in sequence here http://www.jameselliott.com/quotes/classicquotes.html
2nd May 2020
A BLONDE IN BLUE 2020
I just created this. The refined tonality is fantastic and gives the image an intriguing, striking look, quite apart from the girl's gorgeosity. A Unique World Edition of 4 originals. It's about life size. Has my trademark (much immitated) colour.
12th April 2020
VIDEO X ROOM
There is a new video room behind Scarlet Starlight Stairway or just click VIDEO on the home page. Has some superb footage, including the Pink Cadillac arrival with 150 red balloons. And historic footage of Elliott explaining why Photography is art, to a clueless world back in 1992.
1st April 2020
JAMES ELLIOTT .com
A number of interfaces have been revamped and a load of new material has been added. The great thing about the website is that it is an experience in itself, quite apart from the extraordinary art. Most websites emulate office files. The site has been online since 1997 and has had about 15 million views. It is extremely well curated and goes MUCH deeper than most artists. For example, there is an 11,000 word biograohy with 84 illustrations. But then, there is a HUGE story to tell. And there are around 25 interfaces and rooms to explore. So enjoy it whilst it is free.......
4th Mar 2020
THE STRIPES SYMPHONY 1976 BY JAMES ELLIOTT
Major work from the 70s. There was this movement of stripes painters, which I thought was strenuously pretentious, so I thought I would create a real work of art in which I would do the stripe painting and then include it in a photograph which was a proper work of art. I was after all, pioneering photo art. Not only did I make the painting but also the shades, the shoes, the chair, the background (a bigger stripes painting) and I also sourced the t shirt and the tights. My muse, long-legged Mars came ready made. Shot on 6cm x 4.5cm film. One of my early 'Symphonies For The Camera', it is a Unique World Edition of 6.
19th Feb 2020
A FACE SCULPTED OUT OF GLAMOUR
(No not mine haha)
Of all the times we spent together we hardly ever shot, too busy having a blast. It amounted to a couple of hours and stuff grabbed on the fly, but what we did shoot was spectacular and became quite famous. I will post one next.
Be wise. Collect.
2nd Feb 2020
COMPLETE VIDEO REVAMP!!
Apologies for the late update. I have been on a creative high and created amazing work, so didn't want to interrupt the flow, but the first thing to nota bene about the site is that ALL video content has been updated. There was a lot of browser conflict with the flash videos and they are becoming obsolete. So EVERYTHING has been replaced with mp4 which will make it future proof. The main videos have been cut to samplers of 5-7 minutes and so hit harder and match the attention span of most people, these days. For greater depth see the DVDs. VOICE OF A NEW GENERATION is 15 minutes long and REVOLUTION INNOVATION EVOLUTION is 23 minutes. They are pro produced, not the usual selfie garbage. And there is zero fat (most movies are 80% fat). Watch out for the site revamp. It will have a front page. EL
4th Dec 2019
THE DREAM (REQUIEM FOR BEAUTY) 2020 by JAMES ELLIOTT
Unique World Edition Of 5.
Just putting the finishing touches to what I believe is probably the most beautiful masterpiece I have aver created. I created three really strong pieces. This one about dreams, another about hallucinations and a final piece which is an autoportrait. Probably also my strongest ever self portrait. 'The Dream' is on par or better than 'Kiss On Frosted Glass' 1984 and other icons, so likely to be hugely popular. The 'Requiem' bit is about the complete absence of beauty in contemporary art, which is a catastrophe. So I thought I would create an icon of splendour. Beauty will always be central to great art. And I will never stop creating it regardless of trends and fashions! Beauty is to art as melody, rhythm and harmony are to music.
19th Nov 2019
MOMENTS LOST IN RED by JAMES ELLIOTT
Unique World Edition Of 4.
Maryam D'Abo stars in this exquisite 'symphony in red'. Elliott never shoot celebs, as he considers it a sort of reflected glory. But in this case she became famous afterwards. Maryam plays the lead female role in 007 film,'The Living Daylights'. Elliott created the atmospheric mood with highly sophisticated and beautiful lighting. By curling her hair, adding beautiful make-up and wrapping her in red chiffon, the artist portrays her with a doll-like beauty whose thoughts are drifting away, lost in daydreams. Although light years removed from the more secular work Elliott creates today, there is an appealing innocence and romance to some of his early work. The dreamy feel was augmented by using a Zeiss Softar No 1, which imbued the work with a diffuse glow. The multiple shades of red blend in harmony to create a picture which is a treasure to behold.
20th Sep 2019
WHY I CREATE LESS THAN OTHER ARTISTS
10 pictures a year, like ten songs on a music album except, of course, that my images take longer to create. Sometimes MUCH longer. Better 500 masterpieces than 50,000 minor pieces. Indeed one masterpiece is worth MORE than any number of minor pieces. Quality or quantity, make your choice as you can't have both. I made my choice right at the beginning.
17th Aug 2019
A PERFECT MOMENT OF PLEASURE 2019 by JAMES ELLIOTT
Sheer indulgence! Just finished this.
For hedonistas everywhere!
26th July 2019
FIRST MEME - JAMES ELLIOTT
Had a laugh on this one. Apart from my paper 'Synchrosynthesis', which I wrote about my art in the Seventies, I first started writing for the web in 1997. I have now written over 1800 pieces, from 4 word aphorisms to long essays. About 100,000 words of it are on the site.
11th July 2019
SATIN SERENITY SYMPHONY 1975 by JAMES ELLIOTT
Somewhere in 20th century art, beauty, profundity and brilliance all fell off a cliff. I have been searching the oceans for them ever since. Just three more things that make my art revolutionary. It isn't all dumbed down for yer average punter. And it is achingly beautiful, which is rare or extinct these days. I didn't deliberately do this, I just have a low tolerance of bullshit. This cerise beauty was taken of muse Mars when she was 19. Edition of 6.
HOOP-LA! HURRAH! by JAMES ELLIOTT
Glorious Elliottonian colour and a fabulous frisson of fun and frivolity! I hand mixed all the shades of paint and painted the room. It's not a set piece. Edition of 8. Be wise. Collect.
26th June 2019
THE BELSIZE PARK DARKSTUDIO AUTOPORTRAIT
Perhaps the most famous portrait of Elliott as it has appeared multiple times in magazines and via the web. Elliott designed and built the studio and also painted the 5 metre wide mural. If Elliott ever forgot to draw the blinds at night, he would wake in the morning and find a crowd of people on the street of Belsize Park, staring in the window at the mural hahaha...
11th June 2019
KISS ON FROSTED GLASS by JAMES ELLIOTT
World famous classic. Far better than Rodin's 'Kiss'. More iconic than Munch's 'Scream'... if I say so myself.... which I often do.... hahahaha.... Be wise. Collect if you can. Many others have.
3rd June 2019
LIPSTICK & LATEX by JAMES ELLIOTT
Truly classic glamour icon. Shot in sunny Italy on the Costa Smeralda. Took me 10 years to get the composition right, but I got there in the end. Such is manic perfection. Unique World Edition Of 8. Hand printed by Elliott. Shot using a unique, specially modified 20mm Nikkor lens.
2nd June 2019
This thought just occurred to me.
VANITY PINK by JAMES ELLIOTT
All time, much-loved classic. Unique World Edition of 10. Be wise. Collect. 17 inch vintage Cibachrome, hand printed by Elliott. In stock and framed.
1st June 2019
HONOUR THE WORTHY by JAMES ELLIOTT
New quote from Elliott.
18th May 2019
INSTAGRAM GLAMOUR PAGE AT ELLIOTTGLAMOUR
There is a separate page for the Elliottonian World Of Glamour at elliottglamour.
THE RUBY DIVA is the first picture. Also a world first appearance.
12th May 2019
SYMPHONY OF THE SPHERES 2015
Looking back on The Teens as I call them, this will definitely be one of the artistic triumphs. This is what you get when you cross Metasphere 1974+5 with Superchromatic Spectrosynthesis 1986 and bring it right up into the 21st Century. Cyber Art and Photography created in 16 layers. Beautiful piece. Be wise, collect.
10th May 2019
I AM QUITE A GOOD WRITER FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER hahahaha
These observations just occur to me out of the blue, so I write them down. I have about 1700 of them now. There are 50 great ones in QUOTES, here on web central.
3rd May 2019
GOLD DIGGER IN A NIGHT CLUB 1992
Three decades ago when I was pioneering cyber art, I created this masterpiece. It was an early triumph. I had been on the nightclub circuit for a couple of years, frequenting the top spots in London, several nights a week. An education that was. Cyber Art was new then and I was one of the few believers, The others said "You can't create art with computers". So I created Art with computers.
REPRESSION OF EXPRESSION AT FACEBOOK
Don't you just detest the way the boring far left PC crowd try to impose their boring lives on everyone else? Everything must be dumbed down for yer average punter. Nowadays that means globally, so we have to include backward cultures. Worse yet, it is all dumbed down for the SLOWEST IDIOT IN THE CLASS. Lest they should scuttle off like a frightened chicken to their safe space. The picture below was considered too exciting for Facebook. Poor dears. Who are they? A bunch of blue-stockinged Calvinists? NO CLEAVAGE IS ALLOWED by Facebook's advertising policy. Judging by content near nude guys are OK. We are back in the dark ages. Facebook needs to get out more.
14th Apr 2019
THE DARKROOM AUTOPORTRAIT 2019
I have worked on this picture sporadically for over 30 years and I just finished it today. Olé!
Other news, the 'METASPHERE MADE ME ILL TWICE' article is now double the size at 4,000 words and has TEN pictures, so massively improved. It's here : http://www.jameselliott.com/articons/meta/tech.html
METASPHERE MADE ME ILL TWICE
And Other Technical Glitches
I wrote most of this in1999 and then lost it. I found it yesterday and updated it, adding 1250 words.
I then put it in the outstanding Metsphere Archive under TECHNIQUE. It's here: http://www.jameselliott.com/articons/meta/metasphere.html
2nd Apr 2019
THE HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY ACCORDING TO ELLIOTT
Hahahaha..... funny thing is both are true. Yes it was Nicephore Niépce and not Daguerre or Fox Talbot. And was there really anything in photography you could call great art before Elliott? Did we miss something? Elliott once quipped "History is a work of fiction written by the victors and constantly rewritten by the money".
18th Mar 2019
THE HALLUCINOGENIC SCHIZOPHRENIC PERCEIVES HER OWN FACE IN HELL AND MOMENTARILY MISTAKES IT FOR A MEPHISTOPHELIAN MELTDOWN 2019
Endless faces..... from the darkest and heaviest end of the arc.....
6th Mar 2019
OUT OF THE BLUE - THE SHOT BEFORE THE SHOOT
Back in 1989 I was setting up the lighting for erotic icon 'Vanity Blue' when I noticed Natalie reclining on the sofa. Sofa so good. I grabbed the nearest camera et voila!
I never intended to create this photograph, hence the title 'Out Of The Blue'. Well, that and the fact that it is blue.
16th Feb 2019
ANGULAR AUTOPORTRAIT by JAMES ELLIOTT
This self portrait in the Belsize Park Darkstudio is its first publication on the web. So world exclusive!
DEATH OF THE BLACK WIDOW'S DAUGHTER - WORLD EXCLUSIVE
This major work was started back in 1976, when I still lived Deep on Darkest Dartmoor Down in Dear Devonia.
It is without doubt one of my finest pieces of heavyweight art. Although it was created at a time when I never thought about things like heavyweight or lightweight. An icon of insanity, death, depravity, disaster and tragic loss. I made the child coffin myself in one of my Devon studios. The art spans an incredible arc and this is at one extreme end of it. The darker, heavier side. A hugely complex piece both creatively and technically, it took decades to get it right, but was well worth the struggle. I finished it recently.
23rd Jan 2019
SELF PORTRAIT IN THE BLUE ROOM
In those passionate, workaholic days of the early 70s, pioneering photo art 70 hours a week, I never thought of doing self portraits. I was more interested in the innovation than myself. In fact, I did my first autoportrait at the behest of a magazine, doing a 6 page feature and cover in 1974, when I was 23. Since then I have done only about one a year and most were not planned. This is one of the best ones.....
IF YOU GIVE ENOUGH MONKEYS ENOUGH CAMERAS....
When I took up photography there was a lot of what I call 'Pub Wisdom' about the medium. The 60s and 70s were the era of the snapshot, so this axiom was bandied about a bit.
1st Jan 2019
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019
Thanks to everyone all around the world for your support. Have a good one!!
28th Dec 2018
HOMAGE TO JAMES ELLIOTT BY ELVIO CIPOLLETTA
Perhaps the greatest compliment is collecting, but a good second is homages. I have had a few, but this is the best yet by accomplished Italian artist Elvio Cipolletta. It is a near exact replica, created as a one metre wide oil painting. It shows remarkable talent and painstaking verisimilitude. You have to appreciate the dedication that went into that. I show my original 'Hungerlust Passion' 1995 for comparison.
The piece is entitled 'Scream (Homage To Photographer James Elliott).'
10th Dec 2018
Without question one of the greatest heavyweight pictures in the canon. Why did I pioneer Cyber Art? Consider this. For Nemesis I started with a black square. Nothing else. No subject. The entire scenario came from that. Nothing imported or added. Think about it. Nemesis is only partly abstract. Note blind raging bull losing its head, screaming punk pig and the stern, solemn, leonine face of reason.
In the 20th century everyone said "You can't create art with computers." So I created art with computers. Still do. This is one of my early triumphs about states of consciousness created in 1998. Cyber Art and Photography have far greater power than painting. Check out the transluminescence in this picture. There is no way you can render that with paint. Had I been born a hundred years ago I'd have been a a painter.
1st Dec 2018
THE ELEGY ELECTRONICA (SPIRITUAL RITUALS)
Do I have an eye for an image? Haha. Yeah I have two. Well, this image certainly has an eye and most people miss it. I always know when I have created a masterpiece as I feel no inclination to continue a specific trajectory. After 50 years of Goth, this is the candles on the icing on the cake!!
18th Nov 2018
CHAMPAGNE RENDEZVOUS DELUXE 1998
AS AN INNOVATOR I rarely go back on my tracks. My hallmark is perpetual originality. I made an exception here as I knew it would yield a classic. My (much copied) innovation of painting objects to emphasise form and abstract them, disappeared in 1987. The only exception is this masterpiece done over a decade later. Note the curves of the girl, bottle and glass.
14th Nov 2018
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
The intro to the REMORSE story now covers who and what were Elliott's influences.
10th Nov 2018
REMORSE STORY OVER TWICE THE SIZE!
The essay VANISHING BODIES AND DISAPPEARING DOORS is now the biggest ever at 11,000 words.
It was originally 5,000 words. It's a damn good read. Go here:
5th Nov 2018
ART COLLECTORS IN ST JOHN'S WOOD
Did you know pioneering artist photographer JAMES ELLIOTT lives in Abbey Road, London? Famous for its music studio. If you are interested in collecting the world's greatest photo art, send a message, to GL@MOUR.com. Critical acclaim see http://www.jameselliott.com/press.html
Whilst editing the diaries I couldn't help thinking of Wilde's 'I always travel with my diary, I like something scandalous to read in the train." hahahaha.... Here is an aphorism from 4 May 1999......
10th Oct 2018
JUST EDITING THE SCANDALOUS BITS OUT OF MY DIARIES hahahaha...
when I came across this quote on the inside cover of my 1990 diary, which predates PHOTOSHOP, never mind its uptake some years later. Even in 1995 Photoshop was a still a highly specialized thing, used by those ahead of the curve. And digital imaging was in its infancy. Few believed in it. I had, of course, by 1990, already used high end systems, like the Quantel Paintbox, which cost hundreds of thousands. Later I used the Kodak Premier system. I had no idea when I wrote this prediction, that I would pioneer CYBER ART. Although I had, in fact, already started.
VOX POP - MARS IN MAGENTA - WORLD EXCLUSIVE
Speaking of popularity, this piece got 340 likes on FACEBOOK on day one. The best so far. Although created in 1975, this has never been published. FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS DEDICATED THEIR ENTIRE LIFE TO ART, less than 10 pictures a year may not seem like a lot, but it IS, given the consistency of quality and painstaking nature of the work. Always either marvellous or a masterpiece hahahaha (forgive my propensity to tell the truth). Problem is in a canon of 450 works, is that much great art gets pushed aside. Here is one from the vaults, as I say, never published.
14th Sept 2018
MADAM FLY IS POP POP POP!!
If consensual validation is how you judge it, Madam Fly 1977 has it. Four magazine covers, a yearbook entry, countless publications, exhibited internationally in art galleries, including at Trump Tower, seen by millions on the web. Still widely loved 4 decades after it was created. Timeless indeed. Likely a good investment. Edition of ten, hand printed on Cibachrome Deluxe years ago (vintage) by the artist, no less. Have one in stock and framed. 16 inches high approx.
8th Sept 2018
New 'Classics' Gallery
There is a new gallery in between MASTERPIECES and ART OF GLAMOUR. It is called CLASSICS and displays four of the very early, important pieces from 1972 - 1977. Each one a classic. Go here http://www.jameselliott.com/classics.html
19th Aug 2018
18th August 2018
Brand new website for aficionados and collectors of the imagery concerning Girls, Erotica, Glamour and Style.
All the stuff too exciting to put on Facebook hahahaha
It is at : http://www.glamour.international
2nd August 2018
A PALETTE OF PASTELS 2018 BY JAMES ELLIOTT
Just finished this. Do you prefer your music pianissimo or fortissimo?!!
I love both and can do them equally well. My mastery of colour is unparalleled. Unless I missed something...... The colour is all dialed back here, with a seamless blend of the girl, make-up and surroundings.
28th July 2018
DEEP IN DARKEST DARTINGTON, DOWN IN DEAR DEVONIA
Back in the day during my work-fit, pioneering photo art, I would often of an evening visit neighbouring Dartington, five miles up the road. I would drink at The Cott with Mars. It was a charming place built in 1320 (yes). We would also visit the Art Cinema at Dartington Hall Private Art College. Despite the international reputation, the college closed 'Due to lack of funding'. Hahahaha. Truth is the rich kids were all bombed out of their brains and too many people died. There are always two reasons: the one that sounds good and the real one hahahaha
18th July 2018
DOORWAY TO DARKNESS 2018
Just finished this. Hobble skirt designed and made by James Elliott. Stilettos designed by James Elliott. Top and belt styled by James Elliott. The devil is in the detail....... Famous model shot by famous photographer in the famous Abbey Road.
9th July 2018
"GLAMOUR IS A FORM OF INTELLIGENCE".
JAMES ELLIOTT (from 2004)
(Because you have figured out what is important).
The word 'glamour', was a Scottish variant of 'grammar', because magic was associated with learning. Elliott has always been a glamour junkie! The greatest exponent of glamour was Jayne Mansfield, half a century ago. She was her own walking work of art. Dumb Blonde? No, it was an act. She was an actress.
She had a genius level IQ of 163..... so there bitches! hahahaha
1st July 2018
Haven't had a quote for months! Partly because images take precedence. This one I wrote back in the Seventies, still makes me laugh. It makes the philosophical point that we can regard the same phenomenon in completely different ways... bit like art really....
1st July 2018
MUSES, MODELS, MISTRESSES AND MARS
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 distinguish 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 ULTRAVISION 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.