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Electric Dreams - Maya (Original)


Introducing "Maya", a mixed-media portrait of a stunning figure captured in a state of movement—except she doesn't exist, at least not in the traditional sense of existence. Created as a photorealistic image by AI, she evolved into a traditional painting with a digital aesthetic, taking on a new form and stylistic expression that echoes humans' interpretation of a digital being. Maya may not be a real person in our world; however, she exists in the dreams and reality of AI.

"Maya" (माया), derived from Sanskrit, translates to "illusion" or "magic." In Hindu philosophy, it symbolizes the material world as an illusion, concealing a deeper reality. This artwork aims to unravel the complexities of Maya, prompting viewers to contemplate the blurred boundaries that define our understanding of existential differences between human and artificial realities.

Art specifications

  • 600 x 800mm
  • Created on birch plywood
  • Acrylic, screenprint, airbrush, spray paint
  • Original: One-of-a-kind
  • Signed, dated and stamped on verso


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About the concept

This concept began with a single lucid dream and a quest to recreate it. In the search for answers, James pondered the existence of the ethereal figures that inhabit dreamscapes. Are they people we know and love? Or individuals who have briefly passed us in an encounter, subconsciously absorbed into our minds without reflection. Do they exist at all, or are they mere figments of our imagination, spliced together from multiple sublinimal touch points?

His creative journey took a riveting turn when he introduced Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the equation, infusing life into these elusive dream characters. AI blurs the boundaries between reality and imagination, much like a lucid dream. It merges the machine’s perception and hallucinations, splicing together what it perciecves to be real, resulting in a vibrant tapestry of “Electric Dreams” that dissolves the lines between art and technology, melding reality with fantasy.

In an era where art and technology intertwine, “Electric Dreams” reflects an exploration of the boundaries of creativity and the evolving relationship between humans and machines and dreams and reality. 

‘I make art from what AI perceives to be real beings. Whether you perceive the beings as real or not is the question I am inviting.’

Techniques used

In the case of Electric Dreams, AI has been employed to create a photorealistic model, replacing the use of stock imagery or photoshoots - that is where the input of AI starts and stops. James then takes this image and edits it to create his personal style of work, which involves a combination of digital editing and analogue techniques, including lo-fi printing, tearing, distressing, hand-warping via scanners, and collaging until he achieves the desired composition.

Once satisfied with the works created, James then proceeds to bring the art to life in its physical form, utilising a combination of screen printing, stencils, spray painting, traditional painting, and painstakingly hand-applied halftones with thickened acrylic. This process results in an almost 3D piece of work - tactile and distressed, precise yet spontaneous, digital and yet physical. These techniques echo the play between machine and human creativity, pulling the artwork from its digital origins into the real world.

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What they say

‘James has a fun, honest and energetic approach in his work whilst taking care to maintain a technical style of painting. This juxtaposition of attitude and technique lead to intriguing works that we love talking about in the gallery’

B. HepworthEdit Gallery

‘James has quickly established himself as one of the UK’s sought-after print artists. His limited edition prints have been very popular and his technique of using half-tone really brings his works to life.’

J. FrancoisElectric Gallery

'his innovative take on contemporary art and approach consistently excites and engages the vibrant Art Republic community'

M. SpendiffArt Republic

'James' artworks have been an instant hit here at Totally Biblical Gallery, his work takes an exciting look at popular culture which our customers really identify with.'

S. CurranTotally Biblical

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