Born in the UK in 1971, James Aldridge is a painter who cites his influences as his father’s birdwatching field books, a youthful obsession with heavy metal and skateboard graphics from Santa Cruz and Powell-Peralta. He now makes paintings from his home in a Swedish forest.
I first stumbled on James Aldridge’s work a couple of years ago when I went to the restaurant at Tate Modern in London. The restaurant is on the 7th floor of the giant riverside building with amazing views across the capital, but despite the views I remember being completely transfixed by the giant painting which runs along the length of one wall. The painting is Aldridge’s Cold Mouth Prayer, commissioned specifically for the space by the Tate. The image stuck with me and I’ve been back several times to see it.
Looking Sideways got in touch with James and asked him to tell us a little more about his work, inspiration and his recent move to Sweden.