James Rawson early work predominately focused on paper collage and painting but would later move into abstract works using nontraditional artist mediums like wood and charcoal. Rawson’s material-driven process is deeply minimalist in appearance, resonating with enigmatic structures and ideal sculptural forms. His works recall the influence of Minimalism and the Gutai avant-garde movement. By placing emphasis on the process and act of artistic creation, rather than a stylised compositional narrative, Rawson’s art is as conceptual as it is physical.
He removes the artist’s gestural hand while simultaneously conveying the physical, corporeal reality of the art object itself. Grounded with the burnt embers of charcoal, there is tactile and textured nature to the artwork, where there remains a presence of human quality of the artwork, with viewers often tempted to reach out and interact with each piece directly.
James Rawson The Lightness of Seeing