James Murray

b. 1988 Brighton, UK

Lives works Brighton, UK


The work of James Murray explores questions of corporeality, materiality and desire at points of intersection between painting, sculpture, and photography.

Underpinning these concerns is an ongoing reflection on the processes and production of the work. Here Murray proposes an allegorical relationship between the notion of desire as a self-perpetuating drive and his studio practice as a site for the enactment of desire, the pursuit of the unattainable object, of perfection in form.

Selected exhibitions

2021 New Ideal, Rule Gallery, Denver Colorado USA

2020 Between The Lines, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke (with Richard Artschwager, Raoul              de Keyser, Ross Hansen, Robert Mangold, Richard Serra, Dan Van Severen, Masaaki Yamada)

2020   Great Small Works, stephane simoens contemporary fine art, Knokke, Belgium.
2019   Grounded, rule gallery, Denver Colorado USA

2019   On The Stretcher, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE (with Jesper Skov Madsen,                           Maximilian Schubert, Luc Vandevelde)

2018   Lingering (with Philip Van Isacker), stephane simoens contemporary fine art, Knokke, Belgium.

           Marks Make Meaning (group show with Irvin Pascal, Mark Wright, Antony Gormley & Rachel Whiteread)   

           University of Brighton UK 

2017  Sussex Open, Towner Museum, Eastbourne UK

2017  Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing (solo) stephane simoens contemporary fine art, Knokke, Belgium.

2017  Desire Works (solo) Project 78 Gallery, Hastings UK

2017  Old 16 New 17 Group show with Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke

2016  ScreenedAn Ardesia Projects group show part of Brighton Photo Fringe UK

2016  East Sussex Open, Towner Gallery & Museum. Eastbourne, UK 

2016  NY Art Book Fair Portfolio exhibition with Daily Life Storage MoMA PS1. New York, USA

2016  Athens Photo Festival - Photo Book Exhibition, Benaki Museum (Pireos Annexe), Athens GR

2015  After Desire MA degree show, University of Brighton UK

2015  Buzzed Phillips Auctioneers, London UK


The British Library

Hellenic Centre for Photography GR
SPBH collection
Private collections BE, FR, GR, NL, UK, USA,

Awards / Residencies

2021 - Arts Council England Award

2020 - Artist in Residence RULE Gallery, Marfa Texas USA

2019 - Artist in Residence Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK

2018 - Sussex Open 18 Commission UK

2013 - Eye Witness award, The independent