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Paintings by Charles Henry James: Back to the Garden

On view in Concordia Hall

Artist and musician Charles Henry James, who has split his time between Little Rock and his native New York for nearly thirty years, takes a humorous, free-wheeling approach to socio/political engagement, filtered through the lens of pop culture tropes, op art, surrealism, and psychedelia.

Poet and author Kenneth Goldsmith said of James, “Melding folk art with the digital age, Charles Henry James is at once dystopian and utopian. His paintings are visual embodiments of the complex set of political, moral, ethical, and aesthetic contradictions we feel every time we crack a browser. As testimonies to the power of paint in a world of pixels, these paintings are urgent, at once eternally iconic and at the same time, pulsatingly now.”