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James William Murray (b.1988, United Kingdom) is an artist based in Brighton, UK. He has presented his work in international solo, group, and two-person exhibitions at venues including The Church Tower of Sint Anna ter Muiden, The Netherlands (2023); PS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2023); Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke, Belgium (2022, 2021, 2017); Abingdon Studios, Blackpool, UK (2021); Rule Gallery, Denver, CO, USA (2019); and Towner Eastbourne, UK (2018, 2016). 


I am an artist working with abstract and figurative forms, incorporating painted and non-painted objects, works on paper, photography, and installation. The work is characterised by an austere formalism underpinned by predetermined and process-based studio methods. Key materials include beeswax, brass, canvas, copper, graphite, linen, and steel – materials that have been used in the production of art for millennia. Meaning enters the work at the level of its corporeality and indexicality, i.e., the ways in which I implicate the agency of my body in processes of making, and how touch manifests on the work’s surfaces.


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[@]




Selected Exhibitions


MINIM.AL, With Anne Truitt in Mind, group exhibition, ICOON Museum, The Netherlands, 06/04 - 26/05 2024
Transcendental Landscapes, group exhibition, Museum Jan Heestershuis, Schijndel, The Netherlands, 10/05 - 10/08 2024
All These Things, Solo exhibition, Saturation Point, London UK, 07/04/2024 - 21/04/2024

H_A_R_D_P_A_P_E_R, group exhibition, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton UK, 02/03 - 14/04/2024



State of Affairs, Two-person exhibition with Richard Graville, Studio James William Murray, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton UK, 30/09 - 01/10 2023

Full House, group exhibition, Canopy Collections, 4 Cromwell Place London, 14/09 - 01/10 2023
SATM, group exhibition, Stéphanie Frederickx, church tower of Sint Anna ter Muiden, The Netherlands, 15/07 - 27/08/2023

For Nothing is Simply One Thing, group exhibition, Canopy Collections, London UK 09/05 - 14/05/2023
with William Cobbing, Penelope Clayden, Sam Herman, Benedikte Klüver, James William Murray, Dan Rees, Marianne Thoermer, and designer duo Things From (Géraldine Boublil and Jessica Solnicki).

KruisvormenPS, solo exhibition, 22/01 - 26/02/2023 ​


Great Small Works, group exhibition, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke, Belgium 24/12/2022 - 20/02/2023with 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

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 

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

Awards / Residencies


University of Brighton, doctoral college research travel grant 


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

Artist in Residence, Rule Gallery, Marfa Texas USA


University of Brighton, doctoral college research travel 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 


2013 - 2015

Photography MA (distinction) University of Brighton UK
2008 - 2010
Performance and Visual Art BA (First Class Hons) University of Brighton UK


Talks & Teaching

Artist Talk, Rule Gallery, Marfa Texas USA

2021 - 2023
Lecturer, Un
iversity of Brighton UK


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

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


Writing as artistic form 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


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


University of Brighton UK

The British Library UK

Hellenic Centre for Photography GR

SPBH collection UK

Private collections throughout UK, USA, Europe 

Membership of Professional bodies

Axis web

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

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