Philip's practice as a painter spans fifty years, beginning with landscapes made on site in Sussex, Cornwall and the Lake District in the mid 1960s, leading to city views of London and Paris. He has worked on corporate commissions for businesses in the UK and USA, and regularly undertakes private portraits of individuals, families and children, working at his Islington studio.
Philip generally works in oil on linen canvas, building studies in finely graded layers of a selected colour range. He generally prefers a subtle key to more strident tints. The watercolours are made on Bockingford, Arches or Watman hot press paper, with use of floated washes giving an airy feel, particularly in delicate children’s portraits.
He can work from photographs which are a part of sittings at the studio. Sometimes he visits the client’s home to gather reference.
BA in Fine Art, Slade School of Art. Studied Painting with Frank Auerbach and Keith Vaughan
MA History of Art, Kingston University
2006 Elected a Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2005 Winsor & Newton Prize, Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2003 Menena Joy Schwabe Award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Trevelyan Goodall Scholarship
Regatta Fine Art, Burnham Market Norfolk, 2008
Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, 2008
Whittington Fine Art, Henley, 2007
The Turner Gallery, Exeter, 2007
Philip James ROI: Collected Works, N.P.James Cv Publications, 2006 (ISBN 1905571569)
Life Class: Philip James Sketchbooks, N.P.James Cv Publications (CD-ROM), 2004