Andrew James RP NEAC
Everything around us is relevant for study. Inspiration and beauty resides in seeing things anew.
No concessions should be made for good taste.
I primarily use brushes and knives to apply oils on canvas. I usually paint isolated objects: a tree, a paperclip, a face. This heightens the sense of our connection and isolation with the world around us.
I continuously add and subtract until a satisfactory outcome is achieved in my painting. A conclusion is often achieved after a period of time away from the work. I usually work on two or three paintings at any time.
I work from photographs, life and memory: All are equal. A work’s outcome is all that matters. My artwork can take from one hour through to many weeks, some remain unfinished.
1969 Born in Reading, BerkshireSelf-taught Artist
Tutor at Heatherleys School of Fine Art, London
2002 Elected a Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
2004 Elected an Honorary Member of the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society
2008 Appointed Vice President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
2017 Elected a Member of the New English Art Club
Honorary Member of the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society
Carroll Foundation Award for Portrait Painting, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, 1998
2006 Ashton Reloaded, Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery, Kent
2004 BBC1 Star Portraits with Rolf Harris, sitter David Dickinson
2003 Mall Galleries, London
2003 Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
2002 Nick Whistler Fine Art, Battle, East Sussex
1998-2000/06-08 New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2005 Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2005 Star Portraits with Rolf Harris, County Hall, London
1998-2000/02- Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1998 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London