The painter at sea
In the 1990s James sailed before the mast on the Sir Winston Churchill belonging to the Sail Training Association, a three-masted top sail schooner with a rig that was deliberately designed to incorporate all the main types of sail. He describes it as an exhilarating experience, which provided him with much inspiration for his work.
The painter in print
James' work is recorded and illustrated in Denys Brook-hart’s book “20th Century British Marine Painting”, and E.H.H. Archibald’s “Dictionary of Sea Painters of Europe and America”.
Cornish Breakers Oil on canvas // 50"(w) X 25"(h) // SOLD
Under the hammer
Six years ago, one of his paintings, a view of the seashore titled Cornish Breakers (pictured above), sold for £7,500 at Christie’s and he has also had works go under the hammer at Sotheby’s and Bonhams. He has exhibited at the Mall Galleries, the Royal Society of Marine Artists in London and West End, as well as many galleries throughout the country.
Bidders have battled to own his works at auctions in London and New York. His pictures are to be found in private collections in the UK, Eire, Belgium, Oman, Japan and the USA.