Trust the Brits to produce visual art that is at once eye-candy and food for thought. After Banksy, here comes multi-skilled illustrator James Roper, with his personal brand of urban-inspired imagery. His outstanding series of paintings Exvoluta andHypermass, both featured below, explore iconic visual symbols taken from fashion magazines, game animation, comics, web-based found art, as well as the artist’s own photos and drawings. Says Roper, “I predominantly choose images and try to create forms which I feel register a visual ‘peak shift’, a term given to the phenomena of ‘neurological attraction’ that appears in both humans and animals to an extreme characterisation of an object. Peak shift has been suggested by the neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran as one of the ’10 universal laws of art’.”
Indeed, his work is imbued with a contemporary sense of psychedelic swirls, colors and loops, which provide the onlooker with plenty to think about. One image will trick you into believing you’re looking at a woman, while another is clearly a monster and yet another a video game hero. There is much to speculate regarding his unusual style, yet most conclusions will draw the viewer to the conclusion that it’s quite an effort to survive the daily onslaught of visual stimulation that we all have to survive, manage and sift through.