Approved: 16.08.2006

James Gregory

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

James Gregory has produced an abundance of drawings, paintings, sculptures and written pieces over the last 25 years. He grew up in Derbyshire before studying fine art at Staffordshire University, graduating in 1990. He now lives and works in South Wales. He has exhibited throughout the UK and has work in the Potteries Museum and Gloucester City Council collections as well as many private collections

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  • Location: Cardiff, Wales
  • Activities: Photographic documentation, Studio practice
  • Categories: Digital, Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
  • Tags: drawing paper photography
 
 

Biography

James Gregory has produced an abundance of drawings, paintings, sculptures and written pieces over the last 25 years. He grew up in Derbyshire before studying fine art at Staffordshire University, graduating in 1990. He now lives and works in South Wales. He has exhibited throughout the UK and has work in the Potteries Museum and Gloucester City Council collections as well as many private collections including Coopers and Lybrand. In 2000 he was awarded funding by the Arts Council of Wales. He works instinctively and each idea evolves from a multitude of responses to the absurdities of what it is to be human. He says "I'm not entirely sure why artists make art and I certainly don't know where my desire to make art comes from other than a need to communicate an idea about something. At the same time I have become certain that it is one of human kinds most vital activities" In 2004, after a relatively fruitful period of exhibiting he stopped making 'serious' artworks and began working full-time for an online, retail business. For the next seven years he made drawings and noted down ideas in sketchbooks only and returned to begin making a new body of work in 2011. His most recent exhibition was at the Eisteddfod in Montomeryshire, for which this film was made. It gives a flavour of some of the ideas his work addresses. http://artplayer-videos.s3.amazonaws.com/channels/8142/4370669d167a2918831959b08c2c2f76/h264.hi/87d68f25dc2542871d2a35e93bb677e4.mp4

CV & Education

Education

  • 1987-1990 Staffordshire Polytechnic, Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours, Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2002 The End of the World is My Fault, Gloucester Museum and Art Gallery, Gloucester
  • 2002 Pygmalion Gallery, Roath, Cardiff
  • 2000 Remote, New Victoria Theatre, Staffordshire

Group Exhibitions

  • 2015 Eisteddfod, Y Lle Celf, Montgomeryshire
  • 2001 Eyepoppers, Various locations around Gloucester
  • 2001 Cardiff Open studios, Roath, Cardiff
  • 2000 New Art New Century, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Staffordshire
  • 2000 Hide and Cheek, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Staffordshire
  • 2000 Big Draw, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Staffordshire
  • 1999 Arthur Berry Fellowship Exhibition and Auction, Keele University, Staffordshire
  • 1997 Lighthouse, New Victoria Theatre, Staffordshire
  • 1997 Not For Sale, Potteries Shopping Centre, Staffordshire
  • 1996 Big Drawings, Tesco Supermarket, Hanley, Staffordshire
  • 1996 Three Counties Open, Keele University, Staffordshire
  • 1995 Boxes, Keele University, Staffordshire
  • 1994 Diverse City, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Staffordshire
  • 1993 Malvern Open Drawing, Malvern, Worcestershire
  • 1993 Joie de Vivre, Midlands Contemporary Art, Birmingham
  • 1992 Unframed, Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands
  • 1991 Selected Graduates One Year On, Midlands Contemporary Art, Birmingham
  • 1991 Coopers and Lybrand International Collection, Birmingham International Convention Centre, Birmingham

Awards

  • 2001 Creative Wales Development Grant, Arts Council of Wales
  • 2001 First Prize Winner, Eyepoppers Open Exhibition, Gloucester City Council
  • 1994 First Prize Winner, Stoke Open, Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Collections

  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Gloucester City Council
  • Coopers and Lybrand
  • Numerous private collections throughout the UK