James is a British artist living and working in London. James Showed a a strong aptitude for drawing from a very young age. This was acknowledged throughout his early education and early group shows sparked interest in in his creations. This resulted in James forming part of a small team commissioned to create ceiling paintings for The Ritz in London at the age of just 15. From a family with little little creative background , it was much to their surprise that James followed an artistic path from day one. James studied fine art at Cardiff School of Art from 2007 to 2010 and following graduation, became the founding partner of creative online studio and clothing brand "Greenthorne". Originally from Stroud in Gloucester, James moved to London where he works from his residential art studio. His work can currently be found across the globe in places like Barcelona and New York. In recent years James has exhibited in internationally renowned Castle Gallery in Mayfair and Jealous in Shoreditch as well as featuring in Time Out magazine. He continues to paint at every opportunity and his most recent body of work sees him develop as unique as his creative process.
First and foremost James is a portrait artist. He draws his inspiration from the everyday person, experimenting around their identity. In an attempt to force himself away from early realism, James has established a creative process that adds a looseness to his work, purposely minimizing the likeness of his subjects. James begins by sketching passers by on the street thus limiting the amount of time he has to capture his subjects. He then works inquisitively from these studies to form multiple representations of the "sitter", trying to capture the person or pose with reference to only a simple line drawing and memory of the time. As a mixed media artist with a welcomed lack of patience, James paints with a hurried approach resulting in intentional / accidental marks and unintentional outcome. Ensuring he has all mediums to hand prior to starting a piece James grabs whichever tool and color feels right at that specific moment. He purposely blocks out methodical thought, personal conversation and personal debate so that the resulting interpretation is only personal to that moment alone. James is only happy with the result when he is satisfied that the outcome could never be replicated by himself or anybody else.
"I don't actually want my portraits to look like the sitter".
"Its about painting anyone in everyone and visa versa. Creating the everyday person through every portrait".