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b. 1988, lives & works in Brighton UK. 

"James William Murray’s work both represents and manifests sensation. It reveals a close attentiveness to the qualities of material from which we can consider embodiedness. Not only does it answer to the physical, but it does so with a conviction towards the possibility of a uniquely physical answer. In this sense, it is quiet. This quietness, in turn, discloses life lived together, presence over time."

–Tom Laver 

"Desire to make works of art is the desire to establish privileged points of contact with the material world, to leave a mark that says: I lived and loved, and worked in a particular way."
–James William Murray

James William Murray is an artist, educator, and researcher. He received an MA in photography from the University of Brighton in 2015 and has exhibited in the UK and internationally.

In 2021 Murray was awarded an Arts Council England grant to develop new work and published an artist edition Also Men. In 2020 he published The Drawing Stone as a means to distribute his work during the global pandemic. In 2019 he was artist-in-residence at Towner Art Gallery Eastbourne UK where he developed a large scale installation to contribute to its learning programme. In 2018 he was selected for the Sussex Open Commission Award to produce a major work. Between 2017 - 2020 Murray co-directed the artist-led studios and project space Niagara Falls Projects in Brighton UK where he facilitated 10 exhibitions of contemporary art. His work is held in public collections including the University of Brighton, The Hellenic Centre for Photography, The British Library, and private collections throughout the UK, Europe, and the USA. He is represented by Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art in Belgium. 

Selected Exhibitions & Projects


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 Publications

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

Peekaboo, 2016, Daily Life Storage, edition of 20

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


Curated/Facilitated 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 - 2022
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 Australia, Belgium, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, UK, USA 


Awards / Residencies


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

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