Originally from Stockport, James has been based in Devon for over 10 years.
He studied at Dyfed College of Art, Carmarthen and worked as a freelance illustrator in Manchester designing book and album covers before moving south to pursue a career in Fine Art.
In 2001 he established the Stewart Gallery and Studio after running Artworks in Dartmouth’s Foss Street.
His work has been shown at such prestigious UK exhibitions as the Royal Festival Hall, the London South Bank Exhibition, the Royal Academy Summer Show, the Benson and Hedges Gold Award and the BP National Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery.
As well as running his own gallery and exhibiting locally, James manages to show his work as far afield as New York, Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, Sydney and Melbourne.
Portrait commissions have included Picasso’s model Sylvette David, Sir Terry Frost of the RCA and the late Professor Roland Levinsky.