Key facts about the artist

White Teeth in the Planetarium
White Teeth in the Planetarium (2013)

Works with Perspex, paint, copper, fiberglass, oil, MDF, pigments, metal leaf, laminate and textiles
The Glasgow School of Art
Work creates discourse between appearance and value
Preferred medium


Video: Art in Scotland TV - James McLardy on Mood is Made / Temperature is Taken

About James's work

James McLardy is interested in the discourse created between the appearance and authenticity of materials, through building meticulously rendered faux surfaces alongside more expressive and ebullient elements.

A disparity is created between serious, hi-art discipline evoked through specific shapes and effects, and the looseness of melted and hand-sculpted elements. Experimenting with the malleable, erratic qualities of wax enables him to create uncertain, relationships; the impermanent and changing quality of this material at odds with its often prominent inclusion in the base or support of the sculptures.

By misdirecting historical and traditional hierarchies through the production of faux surfaces, he seeks to assign grandeur as a materialist illusion. McLardy is interested in how sensation of worth, both in the discernment of the object and the perceived skill in its making can be challenged by pushing the meaning and value of each material into deliberate contradiction.


James McLardy (born Chesterfield, 1975) studied BA (Sculpture) at Glasgow School of Art graduating in 1999. Solo exhibitions include: White Teeth in the Planetarium, The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2013) The Swan and Hostage, The Duchy, Glasgow (2012) Common Soul, Outpost Gallery, Norwich (2009). Group exhibitions include: WE at Latitude 53 Contemporary, Edmonton (2014) Magnum Opus N/V_Projects, London (2013) Petrosphere, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (2012) You, Me, Something Else, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2011) Industrial Aesthetics, Hunter Times Square Gallery, New York (2011). He lives and works in Glasgow.