I have scheduled a new interview with artist James Knowles aka live-by-evil on the 15th of this month. You can listen live over the internet on our showpage or wait for me to post the edited show via soundcloud.
Here is James Knowles bio composed by artist Pedro Silva
“Talent imitates—Genius steals”
This Oscar Wilde's, T.S. Elliot's, Pablo Picasso's and Banksy's quote would be all the description we may need of James Knowles's art, but then again, once we have met his art, the word genius seems insufficient to describe his art.
An image made of many images, a kaleidoscope of visions. In his collages James Knowles takes the images from other artists, and he makes them his own, twisting them 180° of their original intention, until they say what he meant them to say.
Born in Darlington SC. in 1979 and currently living in Cheraw SC. with his wife and their two children. He takes the time to cut and paste accumulating hundreds of tiny stories. Waiting for their moment to take their place on his works. A true melting pot of the imaginary.
In his youth, from time to time, James Knowles abandoned art, but art never abandoned James Knowles. It was always there. Even in his most lethargic moments, it was there waiting for him to open the door again.
Apart from the magnificent collages he's known for, James also paints and sculpts. Amazing amalgams of dream and nightmares. Again, a million different cells forming a new being.
One can sense the subjects on James Knowles's art dancing to the beat of their own vivid imagination. On that fantastic world where frenetic dreams become fulfilling realities: the never-never land of true art.
Perhaps the words of a fellow collage maker would fit:
"Collage is the noble conquest of the irrational, the coupling of two realities, irreconcilable in appearance,
upon a plane which apparently does not suit them." - Max Ernst