"With the support of the Arts Council, in June last year 2013 I traveled to Yellostone National Park, the Grand Teton range, and Green River in Wyoming USA. The resulting body of work will shown in the main public gallery space in Bolton from March - Novemeber this year 2014. You can follow the progress of the project with my blog at http://www.naughtonandmoran.comThe trip was to visit the sites of iconic paintings Thomas Moran a 19th century painter also born in Bolton. He went onto to be one of the first landscape painters in America to chart a country defining itself and his work was pivotal in Yellowstone becoming the first National Park in the world. At the beginning of my career, fifteen years ago, the gallery in Bolton was able to raise funds to secure Moran's "I am very excited about the prospect of exhibiting in my home town for the first time and sharing the the same space as the paintings of Moran which I have admired for such a long time is a dream come true for me" JN Jan 2014
James Naughton paints landscapes. Breathtaking landscapes that bear the ravages of wind and rain, yet remain imposing, defiant, at times almost intimidating. Within them, the artist expresses the sense of wonder and surprise he feels in nature, and records the essence of his experience.