James Fowler’s practice as a visual artist is complimented by his curatorial pursuits and his community involvement with Toronto’s LGBTQ communities. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and English from York University and has an early career background in photography and film. He exhibits regularly with Oeno Gallery and has maintained a studio practice since 2007.
James has written about art and technology for Akimbo and has participated in panel discussions and public speaking about social media and the arts. He is a regular consultant for arts organizations on best practices and has written comprehensive social media policy for institutions in Ontario.
Seeing a need for visual arts programming during Toronto Pride, in 2010 James founded the 10X10 Photography Project, an annual portrait exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel featuring ten of Canada’s talented LGBTQ photographers and celebrating one hundred queer Canadians who have contributed to the arts.
James co-curated Church Street Murals, an eleven building mural project, working with Toronto City Hall to create a legacy project for Toronto World Pride 2014 and he is a founding member of NUIT ROSE, a late night queer-focused art and performance event during Toronto Pride. James is currently working on, Boyhood, a series of painted aerial views of international gay neighbourhoods using the colour palettes of boys’ toys and 1970’s children’s television shows.
I aim to capture the forms and rhythms, the bustling motion and excitement of an
environment. I use colours and patterns found in nature or architecture and capture
that essence, as seen from above. I seek to recreate a changing landscape, striking a balance between man-made infrastructures and the fluidity of natural geography. I hope to evoke the same feelings and lasting impressions one gets when flying over a forest or field or into a big city for the first time.