About Me

I hold a BA Hons in Fine Art Printmaking at Loughborough and an MA in Printmaking from Camberwell School of Art.

After a successful career as a lecturer in Art and Design, I then spent ten years as a gallery owner. I am now a full time artist. Between the school runs. I’m a busy mum of 3, twin girls of 6 and my son 8.

Studio time can vary from 2 hours to 20 hours a week. The mental transition from mum to artist can be problematic.
My practice has evolved since the arrival of my children.
My work now focuses on painting and drawing. Using many tools including digital.

I have been exploring and enjoying the immediacy of these processes. Versus the more labour intensive printmaking.

I explore all aspects of my identity. A black gay woman, a mother, my heritage and current affairs. Which have become increasingly important to me since becoming a mother. The legacy I’ll leave my children. To help them understand their place in the world.

My abstract work explores my inner landscape. My concerns with the correlation between colours shape and form.

Creating compositions with no recognisable visual anchors. Investigating opacity and translucency, relishing the incidental colours that occur when colours overlap

I am creating a contemporary body of work. That articulates my world with vibrancy and vigour.

Sharon James Artist Blue Painting
Sharon James Artist Selfy Photo
Sharon In Studio
Artist in mirror
CURRICULUM VITAE

2020 – FULL TIME ARTIST (AND MUM) AT SHARON JAMES ARTIST STUDIO
2010 – 2019 OWNER OF L’ARTISHE GALLERY, SWANAGE
1997 – 2010 LECTURER IN ART AND DESIGN BOURNEMOUTH AND POOLE COLLEGE
1995 – 1996 PRINTMAKING DEMONSTRATOR NENE UNIVERSITY
1992 – 1994 CAMBERWELL SCHOOL OF ART MA PRINTMAKING – DISTINCTION
1988 – 1992 LOUGHBOROUGH COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN BA HONS PRINTMAKING – 2:1
1986 – 1988 NENE COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN ART FOUNDATION

EXHIBITIONS

2022 – PLAYING THE RACE CARD – BLACK HISTORY MONTH – ST LEONARDS
2022 – MOVEMENT – BLACK WOMEN ARTISTS – BLACK HISTORY MONTH – PECKHAM LONDON
2022 – PROJECT PROJECT – PERFORMANCE – SANDY HILLS STUDIOS – DORSET
2022 – BIRDBOX GALLERY ART TRAIL – CAMBRIDGE
2022 – WORK FEATURED ON GRAYSON’S ART CLUB
2022 – HOLLYBUSH PAINTING PRIZE LONGLISTED
2022 – RED HOUSE MUSEUM OPEN
2022 – WINNER ABSTRACT OPEN ARTREPRENEUR
2022 – OPEN DOORS SOLO EXHIBITION OF WORK AT BOURNEMOUTH PAVILLION
2022 – JACKSON’S PAINTING PRIZE LONGLIST
2021 – PROJECT: PROJECT LIVE PERFORMANCE AS PART OF PLANET PURBECK FESTIVAL
2021 – PLAYING THE RACE CARD ONLINE EXHIBITION
2021 – EXPRESSIONS OF FREEDOM SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION, MATTHEWS YARD
2021 – ELEMENTS, BLACK ABSTRACT ARTISTS OPEN ONLINE EXHIBITION
2021 – ELEMENTS – SNAPSHOT EXHIBITION KENSAL CANALSIDE, WEST LONDON
2021 – BLACK LIVES MATTERS SELECTED ONLINE GROUP EXHIBITION
2021 – AWAITING VOICES SELECTED ONLINE GROUP EXHIBITION
2019 – WORK SELECTED FOR WE ARE SWEET ‘ART EXHIBTION
2019 – SHORTLISTED FOR THE EVOLVER PRIZE COMPETITION, THELMA HULBERT GALLERY
2018 – ART AT SEA, SELECTED GROUP SHOW BARFLEUR, CONDOR FERRIES
2017 – MOTH MIGRATION EXHIBITION, GROUP SHOW, ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, USA
2017 – VERGES EXHIBITION, SELECTED GROUP SHOW RSPB ARNE.
2017 – SOMETHING NEW, SOLO EXHIBITION AT L’ARTISHE GALLERY
2017 – HIGHLIGHTS EXHIBITION IN CONJUNCTION WITH UMOJA ARTS, BOURNEMOUTH LIBRARY
2017 – HANDHELD, SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION, BARNOON WORKSHOP, ST IVES
2017 – BUZZING AROUND SHAFTESBURY, SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION, SHAFTESBURY ART CENTRE
2016 – SUMMER OF BUZZ, SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION, ARTHOUSE SOUTHAMPTON
2015 – WILD ART, SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION DORSET WILDLIFE TRUST, FINE FOUNDATION CHESIL BEACH GALLERY.
2015 – PURBECK ART WEEKS, SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION, DURLSTON FINE FOUNDATION GALLERY
2015 – EBB AND FLOW, SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION ONLINE EXHIBITION, HOSTED BY REJECTAMENTA
2015 – BOOKS BUT NOT AS WE KNOW THEM, SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION, DURLSTON FINE FOUNDATION GALLERY
2014 – WORDS WORK GROUP EXHIBITION L’ARTISHE GALLERY
2014 – SYNCHRONICITY, GROUP EXHIBITION TRINITY BOUY WHARF GALLERY
2014 – SOMEWHERE UNDER THE SEA SOLO EXHIBITION L’ARTISHE GALLERY
2012 – NAKED BIRDS, SOLO EXHIBITION L’ARTISHE GALLERY

Let’s Be Social

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1 day 16 hours ago

Decisions. Ok so I’m thinking about entering one of these into an open exhibition. Curious to know which one you prefer. It may or may

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4 days 14 hours ago

Faketriarch Part 2 Usually posts to here from Instagram but….. Anyway if you do Instagram and don’t follow me, why not? Just kidding I appreciate

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5 days 16 hours ago

Me,Me,Me Acrylic on Paper A1 When I said on Saturday ‘wish me luck’. Well I think the universe may have had a different idea. All

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1 week 21 hours ago

Studio Saturday Another busy day at work. Had some lovely visitors including my good friend @fotobuni2 who took this picture. I’m wearing 6 layers as