After Art college, James started his arts career by working and an apprentice printmaker for artist Anthony Benjamin (1931-2002), this was during the late 1970's and his pay for a 5 day week was a just £8, in order to make ends meet James would often have to cycle the twelve miles to the Islington print studio. When asking for a pay rise after 6 months which was declined, James left and set up his Fat Rat Print Studio having made his own intaglio printing press.
The studio soon changed its name to Longtail Prints and James specialised in etchings /aquatints of exotic birds framed in a steamed wood 3-dimensional frame, looking like a traditional birdcage. Longtail prints had the best selling prints at Liberties for several years and also proved best sellers at Genteral Trading Co in their Chelsea store.
James during this time worked on a board game with his brother (Jungle Eyes Cism Love) called "The Game" where he made numerous illustrations, to support your character trying to survive and find power and followers, in order to survive and progress in the grim reality of the Dark Ages. The game was never completed.
James next venture was more antiques related however after much research in 1991 he revived the lost art of traditional globe making in the UK with his company Greaves & Thomas, this led to artistic globes such as Alices celestial Globe, Holbein's Globe, Antipodean Globe, Shakespeares' Globe, Small World Globe and his intriguing Hermetic Globe jointing his more traditional collection. He has also worked with numerous artists so that they can make something spherical.
Transforming his old Globe Works on Johnson's Island into an arts community will mean that artworks not globe related will also turn up every now and then.
For the September Show James will be exhibiting a 30" diameter Alice Globe which was conceived and first made at Johnson's island in the late 1990's.
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