Approved: 28.11.2011

James William Murray

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Project manager, Writer

Approved: 28.11.2011

Artist Statement


b. 1988, lives & works in Brighton UK

Murray received his 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 and private collections throughout Europe. In 2017 he co-founded the studio and project space Niagara Falls Projects in Brighton UK. He is represented by Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art in Knokke-Heist, Belgium.

My work develops interrelated questions of  desire, corporeality, and materiality through a range of minimal strategies. These thematic questions are underpinned by an ongoing reflection upon the production of the work in the studio, which recognises ‘imperfection’ and ‘contingency’ as both inevitable and productive aspects of artistic process. All works emphasise the body, human touch, and figuration as points of departure.

CV & Education

Solo Exhibitions 
2017 - Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BELGIUM
2017 - Desire Works  Project 78, St Leonard's by Sea UK?

Group Shows & Events
2017 - Sussex Open Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK
2017 - Old 16 / New 17 (group show) Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke 
2016 - Photo publishers market, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton UK
2016 - ScreenedAn Ardesia Projects group show part of Brighton Photo Fringe UK
2016 - East Sussex OpenTowner Gallery & Museum. Eastbourne, UK 
2016 - NY Art Book Fair portfolio exhibition with Daily Life Storage MoMA PS1. New York, USA
2016 - Athens Photo Festival Photo Book Exhibition, Benaki Museum (Pireos Annexe), Athens GR 
2016 - Unit 8 Open Studio Brighton UK
2015 - After Desire MA degree show, University of Brighton UK
2015 - Buzzed Phillips Auctioneers, London UK 
2013 - London Art Fair - Axis project stand, Business Design Centre, London UK
2012 - Beneath The Walnut Tree (a 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 
2010 - I am Thinking of You - performer in an installation by Franko B, The Nunnery, London UK

2017 - Supplément à La Libre Belgique - N°25 
2017 - Photoworks - online showcase
2017 - Miniclick online - Interview
2017 - Photography & issue #1 
2016 - YET Magazine issue #10 Studying Photography
2016 - Self Publish Be Happy - online feature
2016 - Mull It Over - Interview
2016 - Ardesia Projects - online feature
2015 - Photoworks Graduate Showcase
2015 - Source Photographic Review - graduate photography online
2015 - Beheld - Self published artist book

2016 - Ardesia Projects Annual - Essay by Benedetta Casagranda
2015 - An Impossible Task: On James William Murray's Beheld by Seán Padriac Birnie
2015 - After Desire: essay by Joanna Lowry

2016 - Tracing The Figure collaboration with Fiona Allison
2016 - Daily Life Storage - prints and video work contributed to 'Peekaboo' portfolio
2015 - Art Can't Change The World collaboration with Dionysis Livanis

Talks & Education
2017 - Cofounder of Niagara Falls studios and cocurater of Niagagra Falls Projects Brighton UK
2017 - After School Club artist talk at University of Brighton UK
2017 - Miniclick Photo Talks Brighton UK
2016 - Alternative Perspectives artist talk at Towner Gallery. Eastbourne UK
2015 - 2016 - Coordinator of Unit 8 peer crit sessions. Brighton UK

Private collections UK, USA, BE, NL
Hellenic Centre for Photography GR
Miniclick Mobile Library UK
SPBH artist book collection UK