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Born in 1980, James grew up in Dublin, leaving for Cork to attended Crawford College of Art and Design. In 2010 James Graduated a Masters degree in Aesthetics and the History of Art. Since 2003 James has worked mainly in stone, exhibiting regularly both in Ireland and internationally.
A notable trait in James’ sculpture is the use of Marble(and other stone) in a very loose, sketch-like manner. The medium of the renaissance sculptors flippantly used to portray a fat man in his underwear, for example. The light-hearted nature of some of these expressive figures almost masks the dark humour at play. Sometimes an underlying theme can consume his practice for months at a time and a series of work can be produced, these are often serious themes; recession, religion or war.
“My sculptures are expressive, figurative and are recognisable by their over size hands and feet. I like to think of my work as a physical representation of an emotional response. I want my sculpture to affect people, to tap in to something intangible while also being a powerful physical presence.”