After his mother-in-law lent him some linocut tools James was transfixed by the physicality and challenge of the method. Twelve years on he is now a full-time printmaker with his work stocked in galleries and shops across the UK as well as having a number of accolades to his name, including being shortlisted in 2006 for the International Small Print Competition for my work 'Paris Buggy' and taking part in the 'Portrait Artist Of The Year' TV series in 2013.
He makes prints about the things he enjoys: the British countryside, the Yorkshire seaside, Sheffield rooftops, wildlife, and, top of the list, Donkeys, which he describes as endearing. On his travels he brings back sketches and photographs to his kitchen table, developing the ideas and eventually cutting the illustrations into lino and printing them in his kitchen/studio, burnishing with a metal spoon.
When his ideas grow bigger than the kitchen table James moves to screen printing, pulling the ink at the vibrant Sheffield Print Club.
James's prints will be for sale at The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair, 21-22 March 2015.
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