Approved: 28.11.2011

James Murray

Artist, Technician

Approved: 28.11.2011


James Murray is a multidisciplinary British artist working with photography, sculpture and photo-archive research practices. His ongoing project 'beheld' explores notions of the idealised body and its representation in art history, finding its starting point in the story of the Corinthian Maid as told by Pliny The Elder (Natural History circa 77-79AD). Widely recognised as the historical bedrock of Western representation, Pliny's allegorical tale locates the origin of art in the trauma of romantic loss and opens up a number of ideas to do with touch, trace, surface and the mutability of the art object which inform the work. Underpinning this conceptual framework is an on-going investigation into the materiality of the photograph and its relationship to sculpture, with a range of processes and materials used to work through these ideas.


CV & Education

Born: UK 1988


University of Brighton MA Photography (expected) 2015
University of Brighton, First Class BA degree 2011

2015 - University of Brighton MA degree show (forthcoming)
2015 - Phillips Staff Show, London UK (forthcoming)
2013 - London Art Fair - Axis project stand, Business Design Centre, London UK
2013 - Sarah O'Kane Fine Art, Lewes UK
2012 - Beneath The Walnut Tree (in collaboration with Fiona Alison), Utrophia Project Space, London UK
2012 - 200 Faces, Kingston House, Birmingham & Quayside Tower, Swindon UK
2012 - Bread & Roses, Motorcade Flashparade - Part of the Bristol Biennale, Bristol UK
2012 - Miles Km, Bussey Building, Peckham, London UK
2011 - Basement, The Regency Town House, Brighton UK 
2011 - Voi La! Burt Brill & Cardens Graduate Show, University of Brighton, Brighton UK 
2010 - Visions in The Nunnery - performer in a live work by Franko B, The Nunnery, London UK

Competitions and awards

2011 - Shortlisted for Burt Brill & Carden's Award for 'Outstanding Artistic Achievement' award
2011 - Royal Academy 'Eye Witness' Photography prize for portraiture, Royal Academy UK
2011 - 200 Faces - Selected artist


2012 - Axis Notes - Being an Artist: Then & Now
2011 - British Journal of Photography Online - Eye Witness: James William Murray
2011 - The Independent. Making waves: The winners of the inaugural eye witness photography competition.


2012 - present - Studio Assistant to Nick Bodimeade
2012 - present - Freelance art technician