The American artist James Bishop has lived in Blévy near Paris since the late 1950s. Regarded as one of the most sensitive of abstract painters, he calls himself ‘a quiet kind of Abstract Expressionist’. His style shows an enthusiasm for colour and the spirit of European painting from the early Italians to Cézanne, Matisse, Bonnard and Morandi. In his small works on paper produced during the last three decades the transparency and compactness of fluid colour gives rise to ambiguous spatial properties which slowly develop out of the tonal base colour. The structure of the surface of the works on paper seems to be inspired by impressions of landscape or architecture.
Published on the occasion of the artist’s 80th birthday and to accompany exhibitions at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Josef Albers Museum Quadrat, Bottrop; and the Art Institute, Chicago in 2007 / 2008, this title contains a selection of his works on paper from the early 1960s to date and is complemented by a selection of his paintings.