Artist Interviews: Shani Rhys James on her Inspiration

The artist Shani Rhys James is one of the UK's most respected living painters. She is renowned for her unflinching self-portraits and provocative still lifes and interiors.

“The psychological aspect of painting I’m very interested in, I’m interested in the sort of human condition, really.”

– Shani Rhys James, on what inspires her work


Shani Rhys James: tea on the sofa, blood on the carpet (1 February – 19 April 2020) is a major exhibition of the artist’s latest body of work in which she explores the transience of being; contrasting her early iconic painting of a child’s cot with startling images of the female figure ravaged by decay.