James William Murray

James William Murray

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b. 1988, lives & works in Brighton UK. 

James William Murray is an artist, educator, and researcher. Since receiving an MA in photography from the University of Brighton in 2015 he has exhibited his work in the UK and internationally.

James’ research is concerned with queer subjectivities and the politics of emotion underlying formal, minimal, and abstract approaches to contemporary art practice. He is interested in how such practices impact the personal, the political, and the social beyond studio practice and its presentational contexts. James situates his research within the context of queer formalism. This is a recent discourse of art theory, which develops at intersections of form and body politics. James' research aims to contribute to debates around queer materiality within the broader field of queer studies, and visual art practice-led research. He draws from first-person experiential methodologies of autoethnography, queer phenomenology, and feminist affect theory. 

In 2017 Murray co-founded the artist-led project space Niagara Falls Projects in Brighton UK where he has facilitated 10 exhibitions of contemporary art with local and international artists. In 2018 he was selected for the Sussex Open Commission Award to produce a major new work. In 2019 he was artist-in-residence at Towner Art Gallery Eastbourne UK. In 2021 he will be artist in residence at RULE Gallery, Marfa Texas USA. His work is represented by Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art in Belgium where he has had a solo exhibition ‘Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing’ (2017), a two person exhibition ‘Lingering’ with Belgian artist Philip Van Isacker (2018), and a group show ‘Between the Lines’ (2020) with Richard Artschwager, Raoul de Keyser, Ross Hansen, Robert Mangold, Richard Serra, Dan Van Severen, Masaaki Yamada. His work has been reviewed by leading art publications such as Art Verge, Photoworks, Supplément à La Libre Belgique, Source Photographic Review, and YET magazine. His work is held in the collection of the Hellenic Centre for Photography, the British Library, and private collections throughout Australia, Belgium, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, UK, USA.



Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Brighton

Award Date: 1 Oct 2015


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