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James Nares (born 1953 in London, England) is a British artist living and working in New York City since 1974. Nares makes paintings and films (most notable being the No Wave Cinema Rome 78) and played guitar in the no wave group James Chance and the Contortions and with Jim Jarmusch in the Del-Byzanteens and was a founding member of Colab.
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Born in London, active in New York City since 1974. He was a part of the East Village art scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and made several films in this milieu from 1978-1981. He played guitar in the Contortions and percussion in the Del-Byzanteens, two downtown 'No Wave' groups active at this time, and founded CoLab (Collaborative Projects, Inc.). His paintings are abstract, usually large-scale, consisting of lone gestural strokes achieved with brushes the artist fabricates himself. He has also used mechanical means for creating works, including a rotating drum on which he attaches supports for drawings. In 2019 Nares revealed that he is transitioning to a female identity.
British, American, English
Artist, Musician, Painter
James Nares, Jamie Nares, Jim Nares
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