250 GBP / In stock.
Bridge Lyrics (Hokkaido Postcard series) 
Justin Coombes, 2011
Small prints Edition of 25: Unframed £250, height 18 x width 30cm; Framed £350, 40 x 60cm, including frame.

Justin Coombes is a contemporary artist who creates fictional characters. His work captures their relationships to place, historical and personal memory. He primarily uses photography in combination with text, but also drawing, video and performance. After early training in painting, the artist’s first photographs combined slide-projection with long exposures to create haunting, ethereal works: ‘straight’, unmanipulated shots that played on the uncertainty of the spectator’s vision in the digital age. They recalled the ‘slowness’ of photography in its 19th-century origins, and the attempts of its early pioneers to transpose the pictorial conventions of history painting into this seemingly transparent new medium. More recent work is equally as dense, but the projections are now replaced by a greater emphasis on writing. There are multiple layers of meaning, within the images themselves, in the fictional stories that accompany them, and in the relationship between the photographs and texts. Word speaks to image and vice versa in Coombes’s work. It insistently yet poetically questions our relationship to photography, memory, verbal description, and the physical world.  

Justin Coombes (b. 1977) is a British artist based in London. Coombes holds  a BFA (Hons) from the Ruskin School, University of Oxford, a MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London in Image and Communication and a Phd (by Practice) in Fine art by the Royal College of Art.  Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Halcyon Song’ at Paradise Row, London, ‘Grief Tree’, Valentines Mansion, Ilford and ‘Portmanteau’ at The Salon @ Sketch, London. Recent group exhibitions, readings and performances include ‘Archive’, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, ‘Writing on Water’, Fordham Gallery, Oxford, ‘Erro’, Turner Contemporary, Margate and ‘Yesterday I Told You the Truth’, NOMA Gallery, Miami Projects. His artwork is in collections including Soho Beach House, Miami, Experian, Ernst and Young, WilmerHale London, Pandora International, Exeter College, Oxford University, the British Government and the David Roberts Art Foundation.