Born in 1948, Bromley, Kent, Nicholas Philip James studied Painting with Keith Vaughan and Frank Auerbach at the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London, and History of Art (MA) at Kingston University. His primary attraction to landscape was developed in works made on site in Sussex, Devon, Cornwall and the Lake District, progressing to city views of London and Paris. Philip has exhibited at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Royal Society of British Artists and regularly with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He was elected a full member of the society in 2006 and is a Winsor & Newton and Ranelagh Prize Winner.
Works have been shown at
- Whittington Fine Art, Henley
- Courcoux & Courcoux Contemporary Art Hampshire
- Wold Galleries, Gloucestershire
- Bourne Galleries, Reigate
- The Turner Gallery Exeter,
- Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh.
- Beaulieu Fine Art Hampshire
- Manor House Gallery, Oxfordshire
Philip has work held in private collections in England and America. He maintains his practice as Philip James Studio.
Some comments on the landscapes and city views
“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.”
“His large townscapes express a romantic classicism recalling Richard Parkes Bonington…the artist’s small watercolours make an innovative interpretation of the landscape. “
“Stunning open moorland landscapes”
“The drawings and watercolours appeal to me personally”