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James Earley – Hyperrealism

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Southampton artist James Earley presents emotionally charged portraits of homeless people in his new foyer exhibition ‘Hyper-realism’ opening tomorrow at Southampton City Art Gallery

James challenges viewers to see beyond our preconceptions of homelessness and invites us to discover the individual and the story of each of his subjects. This sensitive and moving body of work connects us to the human behind the painting so we might stop and rethink about homelessness in our society.

Visitors to the exhibition can also find out about the work Southampton City Council does with partner organisations across the city to support street homeless people and enable local residents to connect rough sleepers with our team of outreach workers. Remember to pick up a leaflet about the Street Support Action Group, which is funded by Southampton City Council and Go! Southampton, in collaboration with city faith groups, hostel providers and statutory agencies. More information is available here: streetsupport.net/southampton/

James Earley is one of the UK’s leading hyper-realism artists, currently painting out of the Arches Studios in Southampton, which is all the more remarkable since James is a self-taught artist.

From this body of work James has been nominated for the BP award, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the The Royal Institute of Portrait Painters, culminating in his work being displayed at the Mall Gallery in the heart of London. His success has continued into 2019 after winning the London Bieannale in this summer.

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