Catrin Saran James

Growing up in 1980's Swansea, Catrin would find beauty in the post war municipal and civic buildings of the town. Shop front fonts, graphic coloured tiles, repetitious railings, forgotten door handles, concrete flowerpots, clocks and colourful Formica tables. Catrin observed these details from a young age as she frequented the many cafes and milk bars with her mother for egg and chips on a Saturday.  Her new body of work re-imagines archival post war imagery of Swansea’s city centre, re-interpreatated in her unique style.

We are pleased to share news of 8 new prints being published by Catrin and Galerie Simpson. For the first in the series, a Catrin Saran James' collage work has been reproduced on a cotton/linen teatowel and will be available for sale at the gallery during the show. This edition will also be available to buy in our online shop.



Catrin Saran James has created a print combining silk screen colour over digital black and white, collaged from archival images she has sourced. She says the work is “Influenced by the colour scheme of Neopolitan ice cream, ‘Tuck Shop’ is a celebration of the modernist design features that blazed a trail throughout the post war architecture of Britain.”
James was born in Swansea in 1978. She graduated with a fine art degree in painting from Cardiff School of Art  and now works in digital collage, print and film. A life-long obsession with the history and design of mid century architecture and British post war housing projects, the kind in which her family lived. Whether cleaning neglected structural design features on 1950s municipal buildings through her act of ‘Guerilla Restoration’, or creating nostalgic photomontages using archive photographs of post-war town centres, the role of artist and archivist intertwine in her practice to scratch the surface of this newly celebrated period in architectural design.

'Milkmaid' 2015 'Tuck Shop' 2015 'Schools Out' 2015

'Schools Out' 2015

Archival Digital Print
Edition of 10
40 x 59.4 cms

£125.00 (excl VAT)

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'Milkmaid' 2015 'Tuck Shop' 2015