James Robert Morrison’s Early Career
After graduating in 2002 with an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, James worked for a central London commercial art gallery for three years. Following this, he spent 14 years working for the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, Arts Council England, and the UK Government Art Collection. In January 2019, after a 17-year break, James returned to the studio to continue his art practice in London.
Wide-ranging in scope, James’ abstract and figurative artworks now bring together elements such as eroticism, embroidery, and paper clothing patterns. These pieces symbolise the various stages of his relationship with his sexual orientation, communicate powerful messages, and provide queer visibility by normalising non-heteronormative identities.
Exhibitions and Commendations
Since returning to the studio, he has been shortlisted for the Derwent Art Prize (2022), won the Mervyn Metcalf Purchase Prize at the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition (2021), been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2021) and awarded a special commendation at the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (2020). His work is held in the UK Government Art Collection and private collections in the UK, USA and China.