James was born in Glasgow in 1958 and after a career in the Civil Service gained a place as a mature student at Edinburgh College of Art in 1999. He was awarded the Heriot Watt University award for outstanding merit in his first year and received his BA (Hons) in painting from ECA in 2004.
2005: Peter Potter Gallery Trust Award
2012: The Glasgow Arts Club Award
2013: The Leith School of Art Award
Since qualifying from college James has exhibited at various galleries and his work has been accepted at the annual exhibitions of Visual Arts Scotland (VAS), Society of Scottish Artists (SSA), The Royal Society of Watercolourists (RSW), held at The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) Princes St Edinburgh. He has also had work accepted for Paisley Art Institute (PAI) and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts (RGI) annual exhibitions. In August 2006 he was elected a professional member of Visual Arts Scotland (VAS). He is also an Ordinary member of Society of Scottish Artists. James has recently been elected as an RSW.
My work usually begins with chaos. I attack the surface with various materials, which may include collage, paint, pencils, pastel, etc. I then have to re-organise this chaos, through adding and subtracting, relying on my intuition, creating harmony, balance, maybe even something beautiful. It's very satisfying that I can at least make a thing of beauty from what was once chaotic. Subject matter varies but I tend to favour the still life. My work is a portrayal of objects, figures, and nature. Sometimes recognisable, sometimes suggestive, even adding a bit of humour, all hopefully arranged in an aesthetic manner".work is now in many private collections in the UK and abroad.
Dec-13: RGI Open, Glasgow
Jan-14: RSA Open, Edinburgh
Feb-14: Roger Billcliff Gallery, Glasgow; Strathearn Gallery, Crieff: Fotheringham Gallery, Bridge of Allan: Fisher Gallery, Pittenweem; Vas Show, Peebles
May-14: RSW Pen, Meffan Gallery, Forfar; Artay Exhibition, Perth: Roger Billcliff Gallery, Glasgow; St Columbas Exhibition, Edinburgh: Whitehourse Gallery, Kirkcudbright: Pittenweem Arts Festival, Pittenweem "