James P Graham


James P. Graham has been working full time as an artist for six years, principally in film, photography, drawing and sculpture. He is autodidactic, having left Eton College at 18 and starting his career in photography while working in Paris until 1994, when he subsequently returned to London for a brief spell as Director in TV and Cinema. Within this period he completed international commissions in editorial and advertising photography as well as television commercials. His decision to pursue a career as a fine artist followed a long two year sabbatical where he refused all commercial work in order to concentrate on spawning his first purposeful artworks in 2002-3. These were screen-based, experimental film works using Super 8 film and framed within a landscape of ‘metaphysical and ontological significance.’

Having trained traditionally in photography and filmmaking, Graham particularly enjoys the interface between analogue processes and high end technology. Mainly using landscape and nature, his work often references the now disused term ‘scientia sacra,’ permeating chosen locations and objects with a metaphysical and ontological significance. As well as interpreting and re-creating notions of ‘sacred space,’ his work is infused with ideas that derive from intuitive and ritualistic sources. The results can be enticingly intangible, and in some cases, totally immersive. Graham sites two important factors fundamental to his work. First, ‘intuition,’ the catalyst behind the creation of every artwork, and second, ‘resonance,’ the result of the work as expressed through the viewer.

Curator’s Special

Part of the curatorial selection by Momentum