James Bullough, born in 1987, is an American artist.
His paintings and monumental-scale murals combine delicately treated realistic portraits with brutal graphic distortions and abstractions.
Inspired by the urban graffiti he saw as a youth in Washington, DC, Bullough harnessed its energy and sharpness while learning the more traditional, realistic techniques of oil painting by studying the old masters.
Combining the élan of the one with the technical precision of the other, his work is all about staging compelling contrasts and juxtapositions.
Whether working on massive facades or in oils in his studio, Bullough strikes a delicate balance between realistic portraiture and stylized distortions, straddling the traditional and the contemporary.