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Vincent James

Artist making sculpture, collage and animation based on objects appropriated from cartoons.

Using objects appropriated from cartoons as a starting point, Vincent James makes artwork across a range of media including sculpture, collage and animation.  In his work props dislocated from different cartoon worlds collide, creating surreal and whimsical interactions.


James’ sampling of popular culture and separation of objects from their original context links his work to American pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg.  In his work objects originally only glimpsed in a few frames of a cartoon, become frozen in time, locked in three-dimensional space or trapped in endless loops of animation.


Since completing an MA at Goldsmiths in 1999 Vincent has shown nationally and internationally including exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo.  Exhibitions include Sew What?, a solo show at Studio 2, Todmorden, inclusion in the group show Merry-Go-Round-Broke-Down at Air Gallery, Altringham and a residency and solo exhibition for Art Fair Suomi, Helsinki.


His work is part of the Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation Collection, California and Touchstones Art Gallery Permanent Collection, Rochdale.  The Greater Manchester Museums Group also selected his work, Do I Worry if Niagara Falls? for inclusion in Our Connected Histories, their online archive project.




1999        MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London

1997        First Class BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Humberside, Hull


Selected Solo Exhibitions


2019        Sew What?, Studio 2, Todmorden

2017        Lights of the Fox, Art Fair Suomi, Helsinki

2016        Platforms Project, Art Athina, PAPER, Athens

2016        The Grand Scheme of Things, PAPER, Manchester

2010        Soft Centred, Saltburn Artist’s Projects, Saltburn-by-the-Sea

2010        Flotsam and Jetsam, The Lowry Hotel, Manchster

2009        Stuff and Nonsense, Pad Gallery, Preston

2008        Suspended Animation, Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale

2008        Jet Set Trash, Hive Gallery, Elsecar Heritage Centre, Barnsley

2005        Crash Bang Wallop, The Lowry Hotel, Manchester

2004        Reanimator, Comme Ca NYC, New York

2004        Reanimator, Comme Ca, Manchester

2001        Snow Business, Habitat, London

2001        Vincent James, Ace Gallery (Project Space), New York

2000        Vincent James, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles


Selected Group Exhibitions


2019        Temporal Terrains, Dean Clough, Halifax

2019        (Im)Material Disarray, Snaparts, Wakefield

2019        Why Smash Atoms, PS Miracle, Manchester

2018        Connexions, Dean Clough, Halifax

2018        Dividing Rule: The Line Between, Platforms Project, PAPER, Athens

2018        Merry-Go-Round Broke Down, AIR Gallery, Altrincham

2018        Dividing Rule: The Line Between, PAPER, Manchester

2017        Separation, Dye House Gallery, Bradford

2017        Summer Salon Screening, Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes, London

2017        Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare part IV, Charlie Smith, London

2015        Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare, PAPER, Mancheter

2015        Sluice Art Fair, PAPER, London

2015        The Manchester Contemporary, PAPER, Manchester

2013        Pop Culture, MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, New Jersey

2013        Sea, Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale

2012        Proper Normal, Pal, Free For Arts Festival, Manchester

2012        A Century Later, Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale

2012        This is Not an Empty Space, Melbourne Works, Hebden Bridge

2011        Layers of Landscape, Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale

2011        Child’s Play, Spring Bank Mill, Rochdale

2009        Buy Art Fair, Comme Ca Art, Urbis, Manchester

2008        Art and Illusion, Susquehanna Art Museum, Pennsylvania

2008        FRED 08, Fold Gallery, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbira

2008        ArtMap, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

2007        Inspirational Artwork, The Lowry Hotel, Manchester

2007        The Eclectic Eye, Contemporary Art Centre, New Orleans

2005        FRED 05, Grizedale Forest Sculpture Trail, Cumbria

2004        Bad Reception, Debenhams Window Gallery, Manchester

2004        We Didn't Mean to be Bad Kids - TV Made Us Do It, Warrington Museum

2002         Ace Invitational, Ace Gallery, New York

2002        Sale, Inside Space, Selfridges, London

2001        LA International – Biennial Art Invitational, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles

2000        Zig Zag, Thomas Cohen Gallery, Sao Paulo

1999        Living in the Real World, Cubitt, London

1998        Artsite Billboard Project, Belfast


Commissions and Residencies


2018 Our Voices, animation commission for Rochdale Pioneers Museum

2017        Artist in residence for Art Fair Suomi, Helsinki

2016        Deep Thought, Bloc Projects Billboard Commission, Sheffield

2016        Mind Reading, Window commission, Blackwell Bookshop, Leeds

2015        Exploring PAPER Residency, PAPER, Manchester

2014        Dream Genie, Bury Light Night, Manchester

2013 - 14    Sea, Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale

2013        As I Live and Breathe, Bury Light Night, Manchester

2012        Out Like a Light, Bury Light Night, Manchester

2010        Making Waves, Heywood Sports Village, Lancashire

2006        Bath Time and Tide, Comme Ca Art, Manchester




Touchstones Art Gallery Permanent Collection, Rochdale

Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation Collection, California

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Artist Spotlight: Vincent James


Curated Selection: Sculpture

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