© Andrew James Artist 2012
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Biography

A wonderfully passionate artist, Andrew James has been painting for over 25 years, capturing incredible likeness and energy of his subjects, through his sumptuously rigorous & painterly approach.

Based in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Andrew James is a highly sought after Artist, who has worked on many prestigious commissions of public figures. Winner of the Carroll Foundation Award in 1998 and of BBC’s Star Portraits with Rolf Harris, Andrew was elected Vice–President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2008.

Awards

2013 Winner of The Changing Faces Prize, Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP)
2011 Winner of the Artists Award, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
2008 Elected Vice President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP)
2004 Honorary Member of Hesketh Hubbard Art Society                              
2004 Winner of BBC’s Star Portraits with Rolf Harris. Selected by TV’s Antique Expert, David Dickinson in the National Portrait Gallery.
2002 Elected  a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP)
1998 Winner of the Carroll Foundation Award for the portrait Ivy Cole, Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP)

Solo Exhibitions

2013  Contemptible Subjects and Other Things of Interest – joint exhibition with Simon Davis and Anastasia Pollard, Menier Gallery, London
2006  Ashton Reloaded, Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, Kent
2003  Mall Galleries, London
2003  Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
2002  Nick Whistler Fine Art, Battle, East Sussex
2001  Intrinsic Values – joint exhibition with Paul James, Ramsgate Library Gallery, Kent

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Family Familiar, RP group Show, The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester
2011 Pure Gold. 50 Years of the FBA, Mall Galleries, London
2010 400 Women , Shoreditch Town Hall, London
1998/99/00/2006 To present New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London
2005 Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London
2005 Star Portraits with Rolf Harris, County Hall, London
2004 New Art Gallery, Walsall, Star Portraits
2002-2007 Nick Whistler Fine Art, Battle, East Sussex
1998/00/2002 to present Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries London
1998 RP/BP Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
1997 Waterman Fine Art, Jermyn Street, London

Art Fairs

2010 20/21 International Art Fair, Royal Collage of Art, London
2002/05/06 Affordable Art Fair, London
1999 Art London, Duke of York Barracks, Chelsea

Personal Experience

2013 Tutor, Cape Town, South Africa
2011 to 2013 Tutor, Arte Umbria, Italy
2011 to present Tutor, Art Academy, London
2007 to present  Tutor, Heatherleys School of Fine Art, Chelsea, London
2004 Judge ‘ Not the Turner Prize’ sponsored  by the Daily Mail
2004 to present Regular portrait painting demonstrations
2004 to present Member of the FBA Education Committee, Mall Galleries, London
2003 BBC1 Star Portraits with Rolf Harris, Portait of David Dickinson

Notable Sitters

Sir Wally Herbert, General Yakubu Gowon, Charles Moore, David Dickinson

Collections

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, Kent
Girton College, Cambridge. Peoples Portrait
Sir Christopher Ondaatje, Literary Museum, Devon

DVD Demonstration 

Official trailer for DVD from www.townhousefilms.co.uk                    Recorded June 2012

Tutor for Heatherley School of Fine Art  2011

Umbrian Painting Demonstration 2014