South African born, James Giddy spent his childhood around the suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. Initially recognized through an internship with the Little Wing Corner Gallery in 2014 and public art for Form WA’s Public project, Giddy completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Curtin University in 2016 and has expanded his practice painting murals throughout rural Western Australia as well as internationally in South Africa and Indonesia.
Heavily inspired by the natural environment and the French motif of en plein airpainting, James Giddy revolves his practice around themes concerning the unknown as well as environmental conservation, drawing inspiration from subjects encountered on his journeys.
Through the medium of painting, Giddy is able to push and pull emphasis, abstracting and glorifying spaces, encouraging the viewer to reconsider a subject and look beyond a single point of focus. Giddy’s use of ambiguous landscapes and grounds, allow the viewer to bring his or her own contextual references and associations to the work, often providing a platform to re-consider thoughts on the everyday.