James has been drawing and painting from the early nineties and has developed a career as a graffiti artist focusing his skills in community / youth projects with the aim to encourage and inspire others to experience ART! and get creative. His personal artwork prides itself on clean, direct and sharp lines and is very graphic in its nature. He fuses classic graffiti letterforms with nature and animals in an abstract way, which is both unique and modern.
My interest in graffiti art started in the 90′s living in south London and seeing all the new graffiti art being painted on a daily basis with styles heavily influenced from the 80’s graffiti phenomenon which swept across the city, bringing neglected surroundings to life and inspiring many like himself to seek adventure within the graffiti world.
like most artists i spent many hours a day drawing and sketching letter-forms on paper long before picking up a can of car paint, being ready with a sketch / plan was the only advice put forward. Experimenting with spray paint came as a natural progression from using traditional art methods i.e. paint brushes, pens, markers, through dedication i grew to understand some of the boundaries of using paint and the methods to create large pieces of art and developing his skills became self-taught. A few years past and i was asked to paint murals for the local youth service which in the late nineties got me involved in graffiti workshops and programmes within the local community, this is where creating public murals all started.
I’ve managed to mix my graffiti art background with youth work facilitating art programmes and mural workshops to help engage young people to be creative and encourage community’s to be more expressive and take ownership of redundant spaces around them with murals. I’ve worked alongside many youth service organisations over the years including: councils, housing associations, crime intervention groups, charities and outreach – detached youth projects across London and the surrounding county’s.
I strongly believes that working with young people and engaging them through art helps build confidence and develop there own identity to express there ideas and views in a positive, educational and artistic way.