Liverpool, UK, 1997.
Artist in Residence 2020 & 2021.
Born in Liverpool in 1997, James entered the art world in reaction to his experiences with institutional religion, in which he was heavily involved. Separating himself from the study of theology, James instead chose to pursue contemporary art; curating and facilitating exhibitions in Liverpool's Independents Biennial (2018), exhibiting in multiple exhibitions such as a group show at OUTPUT gallery and GRIME at Bridewell Studios. Achieving a high first-class degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours at Liverpool Hope University, his practice is heavily informed by contemporary socio-economic concerns which he navigates using a wide range of mediums and approaches.
In His time at Art House Holand, James has been developing an experimental painting practice cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. He has been working to finalize a series of paintings intended to ‘redirect the viewers gaze’ as to challenge the preconceived notion of the painting object as an isolated container for meaning, instead presenting the painting object as something in constant dialogue with the work and space around it and to encourage the viewer to think critically about thesubversive ideological influences of the objects around them.
Alongside this series of paintings, James has begun to explore a number of experimental mediums, indented to influence a wider practice, these include a venture into sculpture, fashion and textiles.James will incorporate these elements into a wider body of installation works that were in production before the pandemic hit. Giving the artist the time and space to experiment and explore.
B.A Fine Art & Art and Design History | First Class
Liverpool Hope University, UK
INPUT | OUTPUT gallery (2020) | Curated exhibition of new contemporary artists in the Merseyside region | Curator: Gabrielle De La Puente
GRIME | Bridewell Studios (2019) | Group exhibition concerned with themes of urban life | Curator: James Lloyd and Joseph Prebble
Various locations within Liverpool City Centre| Liverpool Independents Biennial (2018) | Liverpool's independent Biennial festival of contemporary art | Curator: ArtinLiverpool.com
Art House Holland by PAC, Leiderdorp, THE NETHERLANDS