James Frew is a professionally exhibiting artist and academic whose work explores the formal dynamics of a traditional painterly discourse re-appropriated in a Post-Internet, Post-Analogue painting context. As a Doctoral Research Student at Glasgow School of Art, his research explores the possibilities for new modalities of practice and means of production for painting, arising from the investigation of technological processes. His work aims to make an original contribution to knowledge through analysing the surface gestures and morphologies of painting as they develop in relation to the analogue and digital, considering the Expanded Field of painting as a contextual basis. His research incorporates the translation of material processes carried out in the studio into technological production, ultimately involving technological integration with painting which reflects rapidly developing Post-Analogue art practices.
Frew graduated from GSA in 2015 with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art. He completed his Masters at GSA and graduated with Distinction. He was awarded the esteemed Chairman Medal by the school. In 2017 he was recipient of the prestigious John Mather Rising Star Scholarship for his work into Expanded Field painting.