James McNabb

James McNabb is a Philadelphia based artist working primarily in wood. His creations of cityscape inspired sculptures explore sociological concepts regarding transformations of cities and urban landscapes, their beauty, uniqueness, and overdevelopment. In his sculptures, McNabb uses scrap pieces of wood, some with very unique and alluring characteristics, that are contextualized to draw new meaning out of the material and force the viewer to create his or her own perspective of the urban landscape.

McNabb blends traditional woodworking technique with experimental mark making using a bandsaw. This intuitive process, referred to as “sketching with a bandsaw” allows the artist to generate forms rapidly, working through new and exciting ideas without preliminary design development. This approach to woodworking is an attempt to capture the fast paced, crude mark-making that is commonly found in contemporary urban art. The resulting works in “METROS” are distorted compositions of abstracted architectural forms, exploring the limitless possibilities of the urban landscape and our human relationship to it.

McNabb is represented by the Robert Fontaine Gallery.

Circle Circle
Untitled Untitled
City Core City Core
City Blocks 12 City Blocks 12
City Block 2 City Block 2
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James McNabb

Circle
Various Wood
Unique
Signed
48 in round
2015
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James McNabb

Untitled
Various Cherrywood
Unique
Signed
36 round x 7 inches (wall mount)
2015
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James McNabb

City Core
From the series ‘‘Metros’’
Various wood
Unique
Signed
28 x 15 x 14 inches
2014
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James McNabb

City Blocks 12
From the series ‘‘Metros’’
Various wood and size
Unique
Signed
2014
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James McNabb

City Block 2
From the series ‘‘Metros’’
Various wood
Unique
Signed
10 x 10 x 13 inches
2014
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Metros

James McNabb Solo Exhibition