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N.P. James with Portrait of Sarah Mall G

Nicholas Philip James studied Painting with Keith Vaughan and Frank Auerbach at the Slade School, UCL, and History of Art (MA) at Kingston University. His primary attraction to landscape was developed in works made on site in Sussex, Cornwall and the Lake District, progressing to city views of London and Paris. 


In recent years, he has exhibited at The RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists and regularly with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Windsor & Newton and Ranelagh Prize Winner; elected full member ROI 2006.

Nicholas has also shown his work at Whittington Fine Art, Henley; Manor House Gallery Chipping Camden Oxfordshire, Courcoux & Courcoux  Stockbridge Beaulieu Fine Arts Hampshire, Fisherton Mill Salisbury, Wold Galleries, Bourton on the Water Glos; Bourne Galleries  Reigate; The Turner Gallery Exeter, Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, Smith Gallery Teddington, Lime Tree Gallery Bristol and in 2016-17 M1 Fine Art Greenwich.


In 2020 Nicholas will be showcasing alongside the ROI at The Gallery and Adrian Hill Fine Art Holt in Norfolk.


With Sarah Batiste he edited Cv Journal from 1988-91, forming Cv Publications in 1992 and Cv/Visual Arts Research in 1995, publishing over 350 books, monographs  and 250 audiobooks


Reviews and comments:


The seeming variety of painting styles, at one point representational and then at another so abstract. Also the use of color is right on. Vivid in the more abstract landscapes and then more subtle and unexpected in the cityscapes.

- Jack O’Neill, Elm Hill Gallery, Houston


His large townscapes express a romantic classicism recalling Richard Parkes Bonington. The artists small watercolours make an innovative interpretation of the landscape.

Exhibition at Reades Gallery, Aldeburgh, reviewed by

Richard Inman, East Anglian Daily Times.


The watercolours and sketches appeal to me personally

- Hope Daniels, Editor American Style.


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