Approved: 28.11.2011

James William Murray

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Project manager, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 28.11.2011







        Artist Statement

        b. 1988, lives & works in Brighton UK. 

        James William Murray is an artist, researcher, and educator. He received an MA in photography from the University of Brighton in 2015 and has exhibited in the UK and internationally. His work is in the collection of the Hellenic Centre For Photography, The British Library, and private collections throughout Australia, Belgium, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, UK, USA.

        In 2017 Murray co-founded the project space Niagara Falls Projects in Brighton UK. In 2018 he was selected for the Sussex Open Commission Award to produce new work. In 2019 he was artist-in-residence at Towner Gallery Eastbourne UK. In 2021 he will be artist in residence at RULE Gallery, Marfa Texas USA. His work is represented by Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art in Belgium.


        Extract from the essay The Drawing Stone by Bryony Bodimeade...

        There’s a sense, in this body of work, of the artist

        having found in the subtle changeability and environmental

        sensitivity of the graphite and brass a way for things to

        be which has the right feel. A way for things to be which

        is affected by conditions and space and the presence of

        others. Which takes on, extends, and reflects. As if these

        are articulated states of being-in-relation. Networks of

        relationships are established and at times these emerge as

        dualities, where one thing becomes understood in relation

        to a particular other thing: brass and graphite, material and

        body, self and other. But rather than these being portrayed as

        distinct binaries an attentiveness to interrelation, touching,

        process and cross pollination creates an attunement instead to

        intimate details of the differences within, of the overlaps, and

        of the becoming of each other.

        In places the brass and graphite physically touch one

        another. In these small but intense interactions - in the soft

        glow of gold in the grey-sheened weave, as in the calling

        out to another’s name, as in the methods of joining, as in the

        schemes of connecting - there is something like a critical

        intimacy, which ripples the unbroken surfaces of the objects

        with subjectivities, which considers the ways that attachments

        are created to and between ideas and things and people.


        CV & Education

        Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions


        Lingering (two person exhibition with Philip Van Isacker) Stephane Simoens Contemporary  Fine Art, Knokke BE 

        ideal-i (two person exhibition with Alexander Glass) Niagara Falls Projects, Brighton UK

        Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing (solo exhibition) Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE

        Desire Works (solo exhibition)
        Project 78, St Leonard’s by Sea UL


        Selected Group Shows

        Between The Lines, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE (with Richard Artschwager, Raoul de Keyser, Ross Hansen, Robert Mangold, Richard Serra, Dan Van Severen, Masaaki Yamada

        When Net Becomes Form, virtual group show hosted by artetcetcetc

        Great Small Works, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE
        (with Philip Akkerman, Anonymous, Laurenz Berges, Udona Boerema, Michael Canning, Walter Dahn, Laurent Da Sylva, Raoul De Keyser, Matilde Duus, Ivan Liovik Ebel, Damien Flood, Albrecht Fuchs, Tobias Hantmann, Niek Hendrix, Diango Hernandez, Klara Hosnedlova, Brad Kahlhammer, Natasja Mabesoone, Jesper Skov Madsen, Sally Mann, Lars Morell, David Murphy, James William Murray, Frank Nitsche, Johan  Nobell, Jan Schoonhoven, Maximilian Schubert, Robin Seir, Berend Strik, Kei Takemura, Luc Vandervelde, Keke Vilabelda, Masaaki Yamada) 

        Grounded, RULE Gallery, Denver CO USA (with Adam Fowler, M Benjamin Herndon, Jill O’Bryan),
        Salon, University of Brighton UK (curated by Haley Moyse-Fenning, with Sean Birnie, Joshua Legallienne, Jess Dadds, Ridder Levitt, Rachel Maloney, Simon Sandys, Matt Page, Kirsty Thomas, Thomas Truscott and John Williams)
        On The Stretcher, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE (with Jesper Skov Madsen, Maximilian Schubert, Luc Vandevelde),


        Marks Make Meaning: Drawing across the disciplines, University of Brighton UK (curated by: Philippa Lyon & Duncan Bullen, with: Duncan Bullen, Antony Gormley, Irvin Pascal, Rachel Whiteread, Mark Wright)

        Old 16 / New 17 , Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE (with Ross Hansen, Berend Strik, Laurent Da Sylva)

        Screened, Ardesia Projects. Brighton Photo Fringe UK

        NYC Art Book Fair, presentation by Daily Life Storage MoMA PS1. New York, USA

        Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum (Pireos Annexe), Athens GR 

        Buzzed, Phillips Auctioneers, London UK 

        2015 - After Desire: MA Graduate Show, University of Brighton UK

        London Art Fair, Axis project stand, Business Design Centre, London UK

        200 Faces Kingston House, Birmingham & Quayside Tower, Swindon UK

        Bread & Roses Motorcade Flashparade - Part of the Bristol Biennale, Bristol UK

        Miles Km Bussey Building, Peckham, London UK

        Basement, The Regency Town House, Brighton UK 


        Curated Projects

        Evil Rises, Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK (with: Ashley Beachey, Sean Birnie, Richard Jed Butler, Bob Visser


        New Alchemy, Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK (with: Jure Kastelic)


        Not the Dead Spit, Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK (with: Sophie Barber & Georgia Hayes) 


        Celestial Body, Spiritual Earth Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK (with: Joseph Long)


        Is this wet p*$$¥ remix no get enemy, nothing like this love that I’m feeling, Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK, (with:Irvin Pascal)


        E2 - E4, Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK, (with: Jacob Clayton)


        She, Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK, (with: Melissa Campbell)


        2019 - Axis web ‘artist of the month’ interview

        2019 - Review of Grounded by Adrianna Speer

        2019 - Art Verge - interview 

        2018 - Review of ideal-i by Geoff Hands

        2017 - Supplément à La Libre Belgique - N°25 

        2017 - Photoworks online showcase

        2017 - Miniclick - Interview

        2017 - Photography & issue #1 

        ?2016 - YET Magazine issue #10 Studying Photography by Joanna Lowry

        2016 - Self Publish Be Happy - online feature

        2016 - Mull It Over - Interview

        2016 - Ardesia Projects - online feature

        2016 - Ardesia Projects Annual - Essay by Benedetta Casagrande

        2015 - Art Can’t Change The World - collaboration with Dionysis Livanis

        2015 - Photoworks MA graduates Showcase

        2015 - Source Photographic Review

        2015 - An Impossible Task: On James William Murray’s Beheld by Seán Padriac Birnie

        2015 - After Desire: essay by Joanna Lowry

        ?Talks & Teaching


        Live reading of ‘Specific Objects’ by Donald Judd, Instagram, live

        Live reading of ‘Some Notes on the phenomenology of making’ by Robert Morris, Instagram, live


        Writing as artistic expression wor kshop, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK

        Abstract drawing workshop, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK

        Visiting lecturer on Fine Art BA, Hastings University Centre UK

        Visiting lecturer on Fine Art BA, Hastings University Centre UK

        Visiting lecturer on Fine Art BA, Hastings University Centre UK

        After School Club artist talk, University of Brighton UK

        Miniclick Photo Talks, Brighton UK

        Alternative Perspectives artist talk, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK

        2015 - 2016
        Coordinator of Unit 8 peer crit sessions, Brighton UK



        Private collections Australia, Belgium, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, UK, USA

        Hellenic Centre for Photography GR

        SPBH artist book collection UK

        Awards / Residencies

        Artist in Residence RULE Gallery, Marfa Texas USA (upcoming)

        Artist in Residence Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK

        Sussex Open 18 Commission

        Eye Witness photography award, The independent 

        Membership of Professional bodies

        Axis web

        Artists’ Collecting Society (A.C.A)