Through appropriations of surface techniques such as, faux marbling, encaustic painting and gilding alongside manipulated lumps of brightly pigmented wax, James McLardy‘s sculptures embrace, misdirect and abstract. Dressed up in fake-façades these forms and fragmented arrangements forge unstable material relationships. Whether detailed, laboured, or through more immediate processes these surfaces represent his interest in questioning notions of aesthetical and materialist authenticity through quizzical and sometimes comic means.
James McLardy was born in Chesterfield and lives and works in Glasgow. He has had solo exhibitions at Outpost gallery, Norwich; The Duchy, Glasgow; and The Royal Standard, Liverpool. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios; High Cross House, Dartington; N/V_Projects, London, Haight Gallery; Calgary, SWG3 Glasgow; ReMap, Athens; Ceri Hand; David Dale, Glasgow; Liverpool Biennale; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Hunter Times Square Gallery, New York; Overgaden, Copenhagen; and Glasgow International. McLardy studied both Fine Art at the School of Art and Architecture at Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow. He has been the recipient of a creative development residency at Cove Park and a production and development Residency at The Danish National Art Workshops, Copenhagen.