James Mcqueen is a British Postwar & Contemporary artist who was born in 1977.
Rumor has it, James McQueen is the nephew of Alexander McQueen…
But delving into this we can only discover this is not true. Hiding behind the pseudonym he is keeping his identity firmly under wraps.
Spending half his time in London and half in New York, the art began as a passion to run alongside his main career as an actor.
Taking a humorous view on the popular artists of the current market, he has combined the famous symbols of the likes of Banksy with the popular imagery from Harland Miller’s satirical paintings of the reimagined Penguin books, creating a collection of extremely high standard original pieces on canvas.
Working on canvas mainly, there is many weeks of layering the paints, which gives the art a truly authentic vintage finish, exactly as you would expect to see an old book. The care and attention that goes into each piece is obvious to the eye immediately. Each canvas is finished with a varnish that allows the colours and textures to pop from backdrop and gives each piece a unique finish, creating an almost 3-d effect.
The application of the medium really shows how serious the artist is about the work, albeit the humorous undertones.
Within the market. James’ work has been recorded as selling in galleries for prices ranging from £4000-£7000 for original works.
James Mcqueen’s work has been offered at auction multiple times, with realized prices ranging from $1,102 USD to $6,388 USD, depending on the size and medium of the artwork. Since 2018 the record price for this artist at auction is $6,388 USD for Who The Fuck Is Banksy, sold at Chiswick Auctions in 2018.
Other auction houses listed to have sold the works include Tate Ward Auctions and Forum Auctions London. In February 2020 “Who The Fuck Is Banksy (Yellow) 2020, on paper realized a sale 132% above mid-estimate.
Soo Turner, of Turner Barnes Gallery says “This is an exciting time for James McQueen as popularity of his work is just starting to take off. We are seeing the beginning of what is certainly an interesting journey and one day he may reveal who he really is!”