James Lemon (b. 1993) is an Aotearoa (New Zealand) born artist working from Northcote, Melbourne. His interest in ceramics grew steadily from 2015 learning to throw on the wheel originally making functional pieces. He explores and experiments with clay as a generative process to develop works that are sculptural and functional.
His signature handmade functional wares are highly tactile, playful and dynamic objects. While they are produced via traditional production methods of throwing, they are warped to express movement and gesture. His sculptural works have an otherworldly manner.
Lemon's range of functional ceramics can be found far and wide, from his Northcote showroom to the National Gallery of Victoria and Heide Museum of Modern Art. They commissioned him to produce pieces for their respective design stores. Lemon's work has also recently been collected into the permanent collection of The National Gallery of Victoria.
Lemon's body of artworks are composed of stoneware ceramic 'vessels' and sculptures with highly gestural surface abstraction. These upscaled and warped traditional forms challenge notions of 'functionality' inherent to these objects and expose the material as the agent, a celebration of materiality. Moments of bodily intervention are captured in the pliable and unforgiving forms and then used as canvases for painterly abstraction, clay is used as a photograph.
James Lemon has been featured in The National Gallery of Victoria Magazine, Vault Magazine, The Design Files, Real Living Magazine and Broadsheet. His tableware pieces are sold in the James Lemon store in Northcote, online, and stocked locally at stores including Modern Times, Boom Gallery, Pepite and Pinky’s. Lemon's artwork can be found with James Makin Gallery in Collingwood.