Hi, I am James Ritchie – Artist Blacksmith Sculptor
I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) Dundee University with a BA (Hons) Fine Art in the summer of 2015
As an artist and as a person, I’m interested in how the human condition is influenced by factors outwith the control of the individual. Like religious, political, environmental, social, state or ethnic pressures that are brought to bear on individuals, families or a nation of people. This interest and focus formed my practice and final year project at DJCAD.
Human beings constant jostling for power, control and influence over their fellow man is at the heart of all societies, cultures and tribes – no matter their sophistication, size or place in the world.
Although young and still a bit green around the edges, as far as I can gather, we haven’t learned many lessons from history about how to behave towards one another in a reasonable, responsible and compassionate manner. In fact, at the moment we seem to be going backwards.
So, I want to create art that is reflective of the wider human condition, good and bad. Art in my view has a duty to reflect or stimulate debate about the human experience or the world that we live in today. I believe this is the power, strength and true value of art. Stimulating people of all walks of life to stop for a minute and think about the artistic statement, idea, creation or words that an artist puts to the viewer. Then maybe, just maybe he or she will consider, act or think differently about the wider human condition – in a more responsible and compassionate manner, for the benefit of all mankind and the planet that we all call home. Fingers crossed…
I will be adding new work to this website as I create it. So please come back now and again to see what I have been up to.