Jim Threapleton is a contemporary painter working in London and Vancouver. He studied History of Art at Manchester University before establishing an international profile as a filmmaker. In 2008 his BIFA nominated debut feature film, Extraordinary Rendition premiered in competition at the Edinburgh and Locarno International Film Festivals. He completed his MA in 2010 and was awarded his doctorate in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in 2016. He has exhibited internationally, including shows at the Courtauld, London, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore and Carles Taché Gallery, Barcelona. His work is held in a number of private collections.
Threapleton investigates the expressive potential of paint. Abstract mark-making is doggedly pursued to the threshold of representation. Gestural improvisation navigates an unreliable pictorial territory that provokes collaboration between the work and the viewer. He describes his studio practice as sabotage. Vintage photographs are dissected, monoprints vandalised. Paintings are worked over and retooled. These forces of disruption reveal glimpses of painting’s Romantic traditions. Threapleton distils a visual poetry from control and accident, from a tension between the lost and found, the known and unknown.