Gestural Motions, the art of JMR
I first met James M. Rizzi, aka JMR, in 2007, during of a show curated by the legendary Street Artist, Michael De Feo, called Behind The Seen at Ad Hoc Art in Brooklyn, NY. He was one of several featured artists in the show, that also included top artists such as Shepard Fairey, Blek Le Rat, L'Atlas, Swoon, Ron English and many others. Amongst all the artists who put work into the show, JMR's work was the one that really caught my eye. His figurative design mirrored by shapes, colors, flow and line work left me in awe, as the abstract nature of his Street Art made me feel as if I had discovered something intriguing and new, a refreshing interpretation on the streets of New York City. While JMR may not have been as well known as many of the other artists in that show, his drive and passion radiated from his canvas, starting a conversation with the viewer and revealing the artists innermost thoughts. At the time, I couldn't quite understand why this one particular artists work spoke to me, however through getting to know him over the past seven years, he was able to open the doors and introduce me to all of the things that inspire him.
For JMR, Gestural art is pure instinct. The movement and vitality of the brush on canvas is conveyed through his thoughts and feelings of the world around him. He is simply a conduit, the brush is his tool and the force that drives those two mechanisms is the energy of his emotions. Drawing heavily from artistic influences such as Franz Klein & Robert Motherwell, JMR is following in the footsteps of the greats while enhancing the gestural experience through his own techniques the distinguish him in a class all his own.
Bringing an urban vibe to his artwork, JMR is constantly evolving his approach and style by both including and reducing a variety of elements that are commonly found within his work. Currently, he has shed the bright and bold colors that were so prevalent in his early work for a contrasting black and white theme that focuses on the simplicity and elegance of his line work. Furthermore, through adding details such as long, exaggerated drips, his art takes on a new identity, as it almost appears to be an enhanced shot of a random graffiti artists tag. By developing such a new and iconic style, JMR is able to straddle the line between Street Art and Fine Art without sacrificing his concept in the process.
Since relocating to Dallas, Texas, JMR has become a big fish in a small pond. His NYC upbringing has established him as an artistic force in the Dallas art community and he has grown tremendously as an individual because of it. No longer lost amongst the masses of Street Artists in Brooklyn, he has build a thriving career for himself, catering to clients across the country and throughout the world. Moving to Dallas has allowed JMR to develop his work from a two prong approach, both locally in Texas as well as constantly revisiting NYC to supply the five boroughs with a plethora of new and exciting abstract mural work. While New York City will always be in his blood, Dallas is now the place that he calls home and the state of Texas is extremely lucky to have such a talented artist in their region.