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By Denys James

Salt Spring Island, BC

Dimensions 14.3 × 12 in

Fired ceramic wall relief



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These ceramic works are figurative/narrative/architectural terracotta, paper clay, and white clay wall bas-reliefs. I am influenced by themes of connection, psychic compression, social isolation, my previous travels, and my own personal history. I am curious about the human, positioned in and influenced by architectural space. Of particular interest are windows, openings, balconies, steps, as well as the aging of materials and surfaces over time.

Drawing, texture making, coloured engobes, ceramic stains, metal powders, industrial porcelain circuitry substrates, refractory elements, and ceramic decals are combined with wet clays and transformed through the firing—completing the synthesis of form and surface.


Denys James was born in Victoria in 1943. He received a BEd from UBC in 1968 and a Diploma in Ceramics from the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1978. He has taught ceramics, drawing, 3D design at Okanagan College; Victoria College of Art; Alberta College of Art; and conducted over 50 workshops in ceramics.

His exhibitions include: Fine Arts Gallery, UBC, Vancouver; Canadian Clay and Glass, Waterloo; East-West, London, England; Walter Phillips, Banff; Bau-Xi, Vancouver; Kesif-Sanat Galerisi, Turkey; Dunlop, Regina; Jonathon Bancroft-Snell, London; Hall Barnett, New Orleans. Denys’s work appears in several publications and in public and private collections, including the Museum of Civilization; British Petroleum; Hacettepe University, Turkey.

He conducts art travel learning experiences through his company Discovery Art Travel and is a studio artist on Salt Spring Island.