“Untitled” acrylic on canvas 1972 (60.5cms x 60.5cms)
“Floral” (From Slide Series) acrylic on canvas c1990 (152cms x 99cms)

Richard James (Born 1937)

Painter in acrylic on canvas, and acrylic and gouache on paper, born in Thorne, Yorkshire. Studied at Doncaster School of Art, 1957-59; St Martin’s School of Art, 1959-60; Slade School of Fine Art, 1960-64, where Keith Vaughan was his tutor; then gained Prix de Rome in painting, 1964-65. James lived and worked in London for 23 years, teaching part-time in various art schools. Moved to Norfolk in 1982, settling in Norwich, and was head of painting at the School of art there, 1983-91, leaving to concentrate more fully on painting. He said that his work “is about colour, movement, rhythm, contrast – the interaction between the energies of the natural world and the man-made world, between the random and the controlled. Painting makes vivid the meltdown between one moment and the next.” Group shows included Serpentine Gallery, 1973; John Moores Liverpool Exhibition, 1974, and in that year British Painting ’74, at Hayward Gallery; British Painting 1952-1977 at Royal Academy, 1977; Hayward Annual, 1989; and Beardsmore Gallery, from 1992. Later solo shows included Gallery 49, Norwich, 1981 and a Studio Exhibition, 1994. Between 1984-93 James was member of faculty for the award of Rome and Abbey Major Scholarships. Albright Knox Museum in America and Eastern Arts hold examples.

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