Cloud Studies, 2020
Over the last 25 years, James Lahey has made a name for himself in the genre of still life and landscape paintings. His art schooling years in Italy influenced his love of dramatic light used by Masters such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio. The minimalism his composition, often presenting a single flower in a one color background enriches the details and light of his stunning portraits of the flower bloom.
The photograph has been a source for painters since the appearance of the camera and many of Lahey’s paintings begin with photographic notes. They are, in simple terms, memory aids. Rather then a style of photo-realism, the artist reinvests sight into the pictorial traditions preferring to relay movement, light, luster and mood as oil paint achieves. Lahey’s art is foremost about the craft and the memory of a moment embellished with time and beauty.