b. 1988, lives & works in Brighton UK. 

James William Murray received an MA in photography from the University of Brighton in 2015 and has exhibited in the UK and internationally. 
In 2017 Murray co-founded the project space Niagara Falls Projects in Brighton UK. In 2018 he was selected for the Sussex Open Commission Award to produce new work. 

In 2019 he was artist-in-residence at Towner Gallery Eastbourne UK. In 2020 he published his second artist book The Drawing Stone as a means to distribute his work during the global pandemic. In 2021 he received an Arts Council England to develop new work. His work is represented by Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art in Belgium.

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

2018 - Lingering (two person exhibition with Philip Van Isacker) Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE 

2018 - ideal-i (two person project with Alexander Glass) Niagara Falls Projects, Brighton UK
2017 - Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing (solo exhibition) Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE

2017 - Desire Works (solo exhibition) Project 78, St Leonard's by Sea UK

Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 - New Ideal, RULE Gallery Denver CO USA (with Paul Anagnostopoulos, MK Baily, Damon Davis, Matthew Harris, Delphine Hennelly, Mildsred Howard)
2020 - Between The Lines, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE (with Richard Artschwager, Raoul de Keyser, Ross Hansen, Robert Mangold, Richard Serra,                     Dan Van Severen, Masaaki Yamada

2020 - When Net Becomes Form, virtual group show hosted by artetcetcetc (11 May - 1 July)
2020 - Great Small Works, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE (22 Feb - 31 Mar)
             (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) 

2019 - Grounded, RULE Gallery, Denver CO USA (with Adam Fowler, M Benjamin Herndon, Jill O'Bryan)
2019 - Salon, University of Brighton UK (curated by Haley Moyse-Fenning, with Sean Birnie, Joshua Legallienne, Jess Dadds, Ridder Levitt, Rachel Maloney, Simon Sandys, Matt              Page, Kirsty Thomas, Thomas Truscott and John Williams)
2019 - On The Stretcher, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE (with Jesper Skov Madsen, Maximilian Schubert, Luc Vandevelde),

2018 - Sussex Open 18, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK
2018 - Marks Make Meaning: Drawing across the disciplines, University of Brighton UK (curated by: Philippa Lyon & Duncan Bullen, with: Duncan Bullen, Antony Gormley,                        Irvin Pascal, Rachel Whiteread, Mark Wright)

2017 - Old 16 / New 17 , Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BE (with Ross Hansen, Berend Strik, Laurent Da Sylva), 

2016 - Screened, Ardesia Projects. Brighton Photo Fringe UK

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

2016 - NYC Art Book Fair, presentation by Daily Life Storage MoMA PS1. New York, USA

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

2016 - After Desire MA degree show, University of Brighton UK
2015 -
Buzzed, Phillips Auctioneers, London UK 

2015 - After Desire: MA Graduate Show, University of Brighton UK
2013 - London Art Fair, Axis project stand, Business Design Centre, London UK
2012 - 200 Faces Kingston House, Birmingham & Quayside Tower, Swindon UK
2012 - Bread & Roses Motorcade Flashparade - Part of the Bristol Biennale, Bristol UK
2012 - Miles Km Bussey Building, Peckham, London UK
2012 - Basement, The Regency Town House, Brighton UK 

Curated Projects

2019 - Evil Rises, Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK (with: Ashley Beachey, Sean Birnie, Richard Jed Butler, Bob Visser

2019 - New Alchemy, Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK (with: Jure Kastelic,)

2019 - Not the Dead Spit, Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK (with: Sophie Barber & Georgia Hayes) 
2018 - Celestial Body, Spiritual Earth Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK (with: Joseph Long)
2018 - Is this wet p*$$¥ remix no get enemy, nothing like this love that I’m feeling, Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK, (with:Irvin Pascal)
2017 - E2 - E4, Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK, (with: Jacob Clayton)

2017 - She, Niagara Falls Projects Brighton UK, (with: Melissa Campbell)

2020 - Under The Bridge, Spring 2020

2019 - Axis web 'artist of the month' interview

2019 - Review of Grounded by Adrianna Speer

2019 - Art Verge - interview 

2018 - Review of ideal-i by Geoff Hands
2017 - Supplément à La Libre Belgique - N°25 
2017 - Photoworks online showcase

2017 - Miniclick - Interview

2017 - Photography & issue #1 

​2016 -YET Magazine issue #10 Studying Photography by Joanna Lowry

2016 - Self Publish Be Happy - online feature
2016 - Mull It Over - Interview
2016 - Ardesia Projects - online feature

2016 - Ardesia Projects Annual - Essay by Benedetta Casagrande

2015 - Art Can't Change The World - collaboration with Dionysis Livanis
2015 - Photoworks MA graduates Showcase

2015 - Source Photographic Review
2015 - An Impossible Task: On James William Murray's Beheld by Seán Padriac Birnie

2015 - After Desire: essay by Joanna Lowry

Talks & Teaching

2020 - Interpretive live reading of 'Specific Objects' by Donald Judd, with discussion by Reinis Lismanis, Instagram, live

2020 - Interpretive live reading of 'Some Notes on the phenomenology of making' by Robert Morris, Instagram, live

2019 - Writing as artistic expression workshop, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK

2019 - Abstract drawing workshop, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK

2019 - Visiting lecturer on Fine Art BA, Hastings University Centre UK

2018 - Visiting lecturer on Fine Art BA, Hastings University Centre UK

2017 - Visiting lecturer on Fine Art BA, Hastings University Centre UK

2017 - After School Club artist talk, University of Brighton UK

2017 - Miniclick Photo Talks, Brighton UK
2016 - Alternative Perspectives artist talk, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK

2015 - 2016 - Coordinator of Unit 8 peer crit sessions, Brighton UK



Private collections Australia, Belgium, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, UK, USA

The British Library UK

Hellenic Centre for Photography GR
SPBH artist book collection UK

Awards / Residencies

2021 - (upcoming) Artist in Residence RULE Gallery, Marfa Texas USA

2021 - Arts Council England Project Grant

2019 - Artist in Residence Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK

2018 - Sussex Open 18 Commission

2013 - Eye Witness photography award, The independent 

Membership of Professional bodies

Axis web

Artists' Collecting Society (A.C.A)


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