James was born in 1970 in Nottingham. He studied Fine art at The University of Northumbria at Newcastle and Paining at the Royal College of Art. He lives and works in East London and Copenhagen.




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I like to work from life, this usually involves making a series of drawings and photographs over 3-6 sittings which I later work from in the studio. This process varies depending on the sitter. I am happy to travel to my sitter.


  • Sir Michael Caine


  • 1993 Fresh Art, London
  • 1996  BP National Portrait Award – National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 1997  Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • 1998  Royal Academy Summer Show, London
  • 1998 – 2000 Waterman Fine Art, London
  • 2001  Sir Michael Caine commission, National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 2002  Discerning Eye, Mall gallery, London
  • 2003  Signs of life, Beadlestons Gallery, New York
  • 2004  ‘Wayne Rooney’ VTO Gallery, London
  • 2005  RCA Interim Show, Howie Street, London
  • 2005  Solo Show, ‘RU Board,’ Tara Bryan Gallery, London
  • 2006  Royal College of Art Ma Degree Show
  • 2006 ‘Arcade’ Portman Estate, London
  • 2006 Lynn Painters and Stainers Painters Award, Painters Hall, London
  • 2009 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Gallery,London
  • 2009 Portrait Now, Brewer J.C Jacobsens Portrait Prize, Frederiksborg Slot, Denmark
  • 2011  Portrait Now, Brewer J.C Jacobsens Portrait Prize, Frederiksborg Slot, Denmark
  • 2012  ‘This is the Beginning of the End’, Homefront Gallery, London
  • 2012  ‘This is the End of the Beginning’ Moore House, London
  • 2013  ‘Portrait Now’ Brewer JC Jacobsens Portrait Prize, Frederiksborg Slot,Denmark
  • 2013 ‘Portrait Now’ Brewer JC Jacobsens Portrait Prize, Ljungby Museum,Sweden
  • 2013 ‘Interbife’15, International Biennial Festival of Portraits, Tuzla, Bosnia


  • 2018 Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture
  • 2014 Winner – Ismet Mujezinović Painting Prize Award
  • 2013 Winner – Portrait Now – Brewer j.C Jacobsens Portrait Award
  • 2006 Lynne – Painters and Stainers Painting Prize
  • 2005 Winner – Amlin Painting Prize
  • 2004 Stanley Smith Scholarship
  • 1998 Commission – Sir Michael Caine- permanent collection National Portrait Gallery
  • 1996 Winner – BP National Portrait Award – National Portrait Gallery

Commission a portrait by James Hague RP