Approved: 20.04.2015

James Paddock


Approved: 20.04.2015






      My work focuses on cultural/social issues and generally the everyday. I enjoy Questioning mainstream thought, looking at alternatives and articulating aspects of society that are not addressed within contemporary art. It might be celebrating existing aspects of life or focusing on the new or even age old problems in life.

      So, I do not like to be restricted politically or artistically, I am trying to do my own thing and I like to think that I operate ‘outside the box’. I have an interest in a future ‘OPEN SOCIETY ‘ where we can have open discussions about disability, race, gender, nationality, sexualty, class, ideas, our feelings and thoughts.

      It was said recenty of my moving image work that " As part of his overall artistic practice, Paddock exploits the medium to approach social topics he believes are overlooked and under-represented: his work often critiquing and conversing with contemporary society through his aestheticised observations."

      I  use narratives to convey my observations about contemporary society within my bitter-sweet statements. Exploring the unexamined is a key theme to my work and finding a new topic within our everyday to articulate. Gently disrupting current ways of thinking and asking “what do you think of this?” within my artworks.





      CV & Education


      1995-1996                    Winchester School of Art - Foundation.

      1996-1999                    Cardiff School of Art and Design – B.A. Fine Arts, 2:1 (Hons)



      Summer 1999               Degree, Final show. Cardiff School of Art and Design.

      1999- 2002                   Producing Artwork, to exhibit, but became ill.     

      2015                             100% better, started work on assemblages.

      2015                               Hadleigh Art centre, Essex,  Open exhibition

      Dec 2015-feb 2016       NN Contemporary Art, Northampton open.

       2016                             Eastleigh Film festival. 'Thanks' wall projection, September.

       2016                             Bad behaviour open, Brixton East Gallery, London, October.

       2016                             National open art exhibition (NOA), Mercers Hall, London,

       2016                             All in one, Group 'loop' exhibition Chiari, Italy, November. 

       2017                             Solo exhibition 'Shells' at the Production house, Eastleigh, Hants.  

       2017                             'Blinds' Installation of the 'Shells' project at UCA Farnham in June.

       2017                             'Blinds' Real/ Virtual, ugly Duck, Tanner st, London, 22-25th June.


      Publications, essays and videos

       2016 Featured in Art Habens Magazine.

       2016 Appeared in the September issue of Average art magazine.

       2017 Perceptions/Misconceptions  S H E L L S  Written by Charlotte Bradley 

       2017 Interview:

       2017  Installation view, SHELLS:


      Associate and residency

      2016              Became a member of the Aspex Gallery AAA Scheme

       2016- 2017  Associate Artist at Eastleigh Tec Hub.


      Awards and funding

      Funded by Arts Council England, for the 'Shells' project, 2017