The task of each generation of an artist is to realize the art of their generation. Painting is full of history and language, connecting within this dialog is the task of the modern artist, shaping and informing the fabric of our cultural identity.

For James Olley, it is in the moment of discovery when the subject is revealed, the space becomes realized, as he divides the canvas, negotiates space and employs a combination of formal considerations, expressive and organic marks, line, geometry, architectural forms and complex spatial relationships that engages his practice and forms the space. The forms within these spaces are mindfully investigated and treated as unique living and evolving spaces, which manifest and are constantly adapting and responding. As Olley constructs, negotiates and responds, a dialog is formed and fused between the Artist and subject.