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James William Murray (b. 1988 United Kingdom)

I am an artist based in the coastal city of Brighton UK. Since 2022 I have pursued an austere formalism based on a 2:1 cruciform. This art-intrinsic problem arose from the internal logic of my practice, through which it continues to expand.

Across an interrelated body of artwork comprising drawing, sculpture, and printmaking, the cross form is repeated, permutated, fragmented, traversed, and obscured through layered processes of geometric abstraction. 


The work emphasises formal-spatial-material relations, and is positioned in critical opposition to representation and self-expression.


I apply a range of utilitarian materials, including beeswax, brass, copper, graphite, linen, paper, plywood, steel, and various hardwoods. 

My studio process combines manual (haptic) and automated (analogue and digital) techniques. All my work begins with the invocation of form(s), which are made manifest through manual graphite drawings. These are subsequently translated into digital vector drawings, before being realised spatially.


Studio James William Murray

Phoenix Art Space

10-14 Waterloo Pl, Brighton BN2 9NB

E-mail: jameswilliammurray[at]


Collecteurs profile


Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art
Golvenstraat 7
8300 Knokke-Zoute, Belgium

​Tel: +32 476 475 928

E-mail: info[at]



RULE Gallery

808 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO, USA

204 E San Antonio St, Marfa TX, USA

​Tel: +1 303 800 6776

E-mail: info[@]

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Selected Exhibitions


kruisvormenPS, solo exhibition, 22/01 - 26/02/2023 

Great Small Works, group exhibition, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke, Belgium 24/12/2022 - 20/02/2023
with Philip Akkerman, Mirko Baricchi, Devendra Banhart, Laurenz Berges, Udona Boerema, Pavel Buchler, Walter Dahn, Matilde Duus, Damien Flood, Joe Goode, Alison Hall, Peter Halley, Ross Hansen, Niek Hendrix, Brad Kahlhamer, Konrad Klapheck, Takesada Matsutani, Lars Morell, David Murphy, Johan Nobell, Jinyong Park, Richard Pettibone, Ellen Pil, Machteld Rullens, Angelo Saveli, Maximilian Schubert, Peter Schuyff, Robin Seir, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Esther Tielemans, Luc Vanderveld, Keke Vilabelda, Masaaki Yamada.


Niagara Falls Projects: Returngroup exhibitionGallery DODO, Brighton UK 11/11/2022 - 18/01/2023

with David Batchelor, Duncan Bullen, Jacob Clark, Joseph Coniff, Doris Erbacher, Laurence Grave, Richard Graville, May Hands, Rupert Hartley, Nick Naber, David Murphy, Martin Seeds

Artist-in-residence, Rule Gallery Marfa, Texas, USA 05/06 - 12/08/2022

Turn Your Face Towards My Face (solo) Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE


Material Curing (group) with Katrin Hanusch, Celeste McEvoy, Ieva Raudsepa and Tilo & Toni, Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London UK

James William Murray: Realia (solo)  Brighton Centre for Contemporary Arts, Brighton UK

Too Young To Fruit (group) with Dominic Beattie, Patrick Brandon, Andy Child, Jake Clark, Ben Cohen, Bobby Dowler, Tim Ellis, Doris Erbacher, Slaven Gabric, Adam Gillam, Dave Hanger, Norman Hyams, Alex Jones, Max Mason, Alex Macdonald, James William Murray, Elliot Nehra, Laurence Noga, Jack O’Neil, Benedict Owen, Nigel Palmer, Frances Richardson, Anne Ryan, Amy Stephens, Hanna ten Doornkaat, Ross Taylor, Adam Tunnicliffe, Wevet Projects, Brighton UK

Object Q / Pursuit of Happiness (two-person) with Garth Gratrix, Gallery DODO Brighton UK

Many Splendored Things (two-person) Garth Gratrix, Abingdon Studios Blackpool UK

New Ideal (group) with Paul Anagnostopoulos, MK Baily, Damon Davis, Matthew Harris, Delphine Hennelly, Mildred Howard, Rule Gallery Denver CO USA 



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

When Net Becomes Form, (virtual group) artetcetcetc

Great Small Works (group) with Philip Akkerman, Anonymous, Laurenz Berges, Udona Boerema, Michael Canning, Walter Dahn, Laurent Da Sylva, Raoul De Keyser, Matilde Duus, Ivan Liovik Ebel, Damien Flood, Albrecht Fuchs, Tobias Hantmann, Niek Hendrix, Diango Hernandez, Klara Hosnedlova, Brad Kahlhammer, Natasja Mabesoone, Jesper Skov Madsen, Sally Mann, Lars Morell, David Murphy, James William Murray, Frank Nitsche, Johan Nobell, Jan Schoonhoven, Maximilian Schubert, Robin Seir, Berend Strik, Kei Takemura, Luc Vandervelde, Keke Vilabelda, Masaaki Yamada, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE



Grounded (group) with Adam Fowler, M Benjamin Herndon, Jill O’Bryan, Rule Gallery, Denver CO USA

Salon (group) with Sean Birnie, Joshua Legallienne, Jess Dadds, Ridder Levitt, Rachel Maloney, Simon Sandys, Matt Page, Kirsty Thomas, Thomas Truscott, John Williams, curated by Haley Moyse-Fenning University of Brighton UK 

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



Lingering (two-person) with Philip Van Isacker, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE

ideal-i (two-person) with Alexander Glass, Niagara Falls Projects, Brighton UK

Sussex Open 18, (group) Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK

Marks Make Meaning: Drawing Across Disciplines (group) with Duncan Bullen, Antony Gormley, Irvin Pascal, Rachel Whiteread, Mark Wright, University of Brighton UK



Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing (solo) Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE

Desire Works (solo) Project 78, St Leonard’s by Sea UK

Old 16 / New 17 (group) with Ross Hansen, Berend Strik, Laurent Da Sylva, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE



Screened, (group) with Sean Birnie, Alberto Sinigaglia, Ardesia Projects, Brighton Photo Fringe UK

Sussex Open, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, UK 

NYC Art Book Fair (solo) Daily Life Storage MoMA PS1. New York, USA

Athens Photo Festival Benaki Museum (Pireos Annexe), Athens GR 



Buzzed, (group) Phillips Auctioneers, London UK 

After Desire (MA graduate show) University of Brighton UK



London Art Fair, Axis project stand, Business Design Centre, London UK

200 Faces (group) Kingston House, Birmingham & Quayside Tower, Swindon UK

Bread & Roses (group) Alex Hardy, Rebecca Harris, Paul R Jones, Mark McGowan, aka The Artist Taxi Driver, Alex Pearl, Kate Pickering, Abbi Torrance, Tumim & Prendergast, Hanae Utamura, Rich White, curated by Julie McCalden, Motorcade Flashparade, Bristol UK

Miles Km (group) Bussey Building, London UK

Basement, (group) The Regency Town House, Hove UK 


Artist Books 

Realia, 2022, Studio James William Murray, edition of 30, with text by Tom Laver and James William Murray

Also Men, 2021, Studio James William Murray, edition of 1000, with texts by Paul Bench and George Lynch

The Drawing Stone, 2020, Studio James William Murray, edition of 150, with text by Bryony Bodimeade

Beheld, 2015, Studio James William Murray, edition of 150, with text by Sean Birnie


Curated Projects


The Streets Where Foxes Hide (Reinis Lismanis), off-site Niagara Falls Projects exhibition at Brighton Centre For Contemporary Art UK


Evil Rises, Niagara Falls, (Ashley Beachey, Sean Birnie, Richard Jed Butler, Bob Visser) Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK

New Alchemy (Jure Kastelic), Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK

Not the Dead Spit, (Sophie Barber & Georgia Hayes) Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK


Celestial Body, Spiritual Earth (Joseph Long), Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK

Is this wet p*$$¥ remix no get enemy, nothing like this love that I’m feeling (Irvin Pascal) Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK


E2 - E4 (Jacob Clayton), Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK

She, (Melissa Campbell), Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK


Talks & Teaching

2021 - 2023
Lecturer, University of Brighton UK


Interpretive reading of ‘Specific Objects’ by Donald Judd, with Reinis Lismanis, Instagram live

Interpretive reading of ‘Some Notes on The Phenomenology of making’ by Robert Morris, Instagram live


Writing as artistic expression workshop, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK

Abstract drawing workshop, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK

Visiting lecturer, Hastings University Centre UK


Visiting lecturer, Hastings University Centre UK


Miniclick Photo Talks, Brighton UK


Alternative Perspectives artist talk, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK

2015 - 2016

Coordinator of Unit 8 peer crit sessions, Brighton UK



University of Brighton UK

The British Library UK

Hellenic Centre for Photography GR

SPBH collection UK

Private collections throughout UK, USA, Europe 


Awards / Residencies


a-n (The Artists Information Company) time-space bursary

Artist in Residence, Rule Gallery, Marfa Texas USA


University of Brighton, doctoral college research grant 

Arts Council England National Lottery project grant


Artist in Residence, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK


Sussex Open 18 Commission, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK


Eye Witness Award, The independent 

Membership of Professional bodies

Axis web

Artists’ Collecting Society (A.C.A)
British Art Network

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