PROFILE 
(b.  1979 Elgin, Scotland)
After graduating in 2002, James worked in a central London commercial art gallery for 3 years. Following this he moved into the public sector where over the past 14 years he has worked for the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, Arts Council England and the UK Government Art Collection. 
In January 2019, after a 17-year break, he went back into the studio to continue his art practice in London. Since then, he has been shortlisted for the Derwent Art Prize (2022), won the Mervyn Metcalf Purchase Prize at the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition (2021), been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2021) and awarded a special commendation at the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (2020). His work is held in the UK Government Art Collection and private collections in the UK, USA and China.
From drawings on cigarette papers, to paintings and collages embellished with embroidery, James uses a variety of mediums to explore the memory and experience of discovering his sexuality, and journey to understanding, accepting and valuing it.  His personal and intimate subject matter, expressed with honesty and openness, allows James to present his work with a truly singular voice, highlighting the importance of queer visibility and representation.​​​​​​​
EDUCATION
MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design: 2001-2002
BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting), Gray's School of Art: 1997-2001
EXHIBITIONS
UPCOMING​​​​​​​
StART x MMG Emerging Art Prize 2022, Saatchi Gallery, London: 12 - 16 October 2022
2022
QUEER ART(ists) NOW 2022, Space Station Sixty-Five, London: 16 September - 8 October 2022 
EXH 09, Floorr Magazine, London (online exhibition): 8 September - 8 October 2022 
‘Queer Frontiers 2022’, 7-9 Walkers Court, London: 29 June - 10 July 2022  
Derwent Art Prize 2022, 35 rue Debelleyme, Paris: 8 June - 11 June 2022
Drawing Open 2022, No Format Gallery, London: 6 - 8 & 11 - 15 May 2022
‘Works on Paper 4’, Blue Shop Cottage Art Gallery, London (online exhibition): 9 April - 1 August 2022
Derwent Art Prize 2022, Gallery @ Oxo, London: 24 February - 6 March 2022

‘Figure and Ground’, Bermondsey Project Space, London: 15 February - 5 March 2022
2021
37th Annual Open, Southwark Park Galleries, London: 17 November - 11 December 2021
ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2021, Mall Galleries, London: 12 November - 22 November 2021
Summer Exhibition 2021, Royal Academy of Arts, London: 22 September 2021 - 2 January 2022
‘Figurative Art Now’, Mall Galleries, London (online exhibition): 7 July - 20 September 2021
‘Touch Me, Hold Me’, WB Gallery, USA (online exhibition): 1 June - 13 July 2021
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020, The Gallery, Arts University, Bournemouth: 17 May - 2 July 2021 
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London: 9 January - 22 January 2021 
2020
36th Annual Open Online, Southwark Park Galleries, London: 25 November 2020 - 31 January 2021
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020, Cooper Gallery, Dundee: 13 November - 19 December 2020
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020, Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge: 2 October - 31 October 2020
2019
35th Annual Open, Southwark Park Galleries, London: 20 November - 8 December 2019
The London Ultra Exhibition, Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf, London: 31 October - 10 November 2019
The Nude 2019, Candid Arts Trust, London: 27 September - 6 October 2019
AWARDS / RECOGNITION
StART x MMG Emerging Art Prize 2022: Shortlisted
Derwent Art Prize 2022: Shortlisted
ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2021: Awarded the Mervyn Metcalf Purchase Prize 
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021: Shortlisted and Selected for Exhibition 
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020: Awarded a Special Commendation
John Moores Painting Prize 2020: Longlisted
COLLECTIONS
Government Art Collection (UK)     
Jasper Garvida (UK)     
Mervyn Metcalf (UK)     
Joseph Rodota (US) 
Mario Testino (UK)     
Private Collections (UK, USA and China)
PUBLICATIONS / FEATURES
Derwent Art Prize 2022, Exhibition Catalogue: February 2022
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 Exhibition Catalogue: October 2020
WOTISART? Magazine, Portfolio #31: October 2019
Average Art Magazine, Portfolio #39: October 2019
A5 Magazine, Portfolio #29: August 2019


























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