James is renowned for still life and landscape paintings which respond to his interest in nature and ornithology, often capturing shadow patterns, abstract forms and reflections in water.
James is a member of The Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) and his work regularly features in the RHA annual exhibition as well as numerous galleries in Ireland. His work is represented in the public art collections of; The Royal Hibernian Academy, Allied Irish Bank, The Office of Public Works, Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown County Council, the National Library, Leinster House, along with many private collections both in Ireland and abroad.
The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. David Healy said: “I congratulate James English on being awarded the 2020 Fingal County Council Graphic Studio Award. Fingal County Council has always supported artists and now more than ever it is important that we continue this support as artists face a difficult period during the pandemic.”
As part of an on-going commitment to professional artists, Fingal County Council offers a fine art print residency at Graphic Studio Dublin. This residency provides an emerging or established artist with the opportunity to make a fine art print with the master printer Robert Russell at Graphic Studio Dublin.
During his residency at Graphic Studio Dublin in October, James created a limited edition of prints, the artists proof will enter the Fingal County Council Municipal Art Collection.
Speaking about the residency, James said: “The residency at Graphic Studio Dublin has been an exciting and uplifting experience for me. I have no doubt that it will enrich my own practice of painting. I am also looking forward to the time when I can return to make another print with them.” James also added his “thanks to Fingal County Council Arts Office and Graphic Studio Dublin for the privilege of the residency."
Emer O’Gorman Director of Economic, Enterprise, Tourism & Culture Development added: “Now more than ever it is important to support our artists and creative industries through continuing to create opportunities such as the Graphic Studio Award.”