While living and working in Guanajuato, Mexico, British artist James Knowles began painting the doors in this perfectly preserved Spanish Colonial town. Knowles was struck immediately by the contrast between the opulent architecture of the buildings, and the seemingly normal and everyday lifestyle of their inhabitants. The works embody the painter’s admiration for these enduring 17th-century European doors, which have survived years of use, recording in their wood centuries of coming and going. As in reality, each door is unique, portrayed with bold, vivid colors. The doors are half open, inviting the viewer to peek into the private spaces within.
James Knowles has exhibited and sold his work in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Spain, and the UK. He has also worked in the film and TV industry designing and building sets, props and models, more notably the models in the movie “Dune” 1983 directed by David Lynch.