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Born 1979, Grimsby

Works in Public Collections

The Ruth Borchard Collection of Self-Portraits


2023         Val Harris Prize

                  New English Art Club annual exhibition

2023         joint winner, Critics' Choice Prize

                  New English Art Club annual exhibition

2015         Doreen McIntosh Prize

                  New English Art Club annual exhibition

2013         shortlisted for Ruth Borchard Prize

                  King's Place, London

2013         1st Prize winner, Winsor & Newton Oil Painters Award

                  Royal Instititute of Oil Painters annual exhibition

2007         Janet Konstam Travel Award

2007         Artist Residency, Centro Verrocchio, Tuscany

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Solo Exhibitions

2024         Storytelling, Tregony Contemporary, UK

2023         New Light, Lilford Gallery, Canterbury, UK

2022         Awakenings, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall, UK

2019         Altogether Elsewhere, Gallery 286, London, UK

2019         Lilford Gallery, Canterbury, UK

2017         Illuminations, Lilford Gallery, Canterbury, UK

2017         An Artist in a State of Flux, Natsoulas Gallery, CA, USA

2015         Letting Light In, Lilford Gallery, Canterbury, UK


2023         How I Make It Work, Artists & Illustrators, May 2023, p.22

2020         Petit Lisy, Barbara, L'Enfance De L'Art (interview), Pratique Des Arts no.155, January 2021, pp.36-41

2020         Four-Colour Experiment, Artists & Illustrators, January 2021, p.57

2019         Seed, John, Disrupted Realism, Schiffer ISBN 0764358012

2019         Pill, Steve, James Bland (interview), Artists & Illustrators, August 2019

2018         Podlesnik, Joseph, Observational Drawing, Tempe Digital ISBN-13 9780986163753

2017         Morton, Walt etc., Poets Artists #86, The New Nude

2016         Imaginative Painting, Artists & Illustrators, December 2016, pp.76 - 78

2015         Vann, Philip, James Bland in the Ruth Borchard Collection, 01 January 2016

2014         Introduction to Villaggi, Galleria Elle Arte, Sicily by Ilaria Rosselli del Turco

2014         Eaton, Terri and Pill, Steve, Ones to Watch, Artists & Illustrators, April 2014

1993         Pilltris (Type-Ins), Amstrad Action #92

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Selected Group Exhibitions

2024                  Hampstead Art Society, Duke Street St James's, London


2022, 2024        Contemporary British Portrait Painters, The Dept Store, Brixton, London

2023                   ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London


2013 - 2024       New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London

2023                   Seattle Art Fair etc., Natsoulas Gallery

2019 - 2023       Assemble etc., Tregony Gallery, London and Cornwall

2022                   Contrast & Connection, Contemporary Six, Manchester

2021                   Now We Are Six, Islington Arts Factory, London

2021                   One: Single Object Still Life etc., 155a Gallery, London

2021                   Portraits in Isolation, the CBPP with the Net Gallery

2015 - 2020       International Figurative Biennale etc., John Natsoulas Gallery, California

2020                   Heatherley's Staff Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London

2019, 2018       Disrupted Realism, Stanek Gallery, USA

2017 - 2018       Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London

2017                   Honouring the Legacy of David Park, Santa Clara University, California

2017, 2014        Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries, London

2015                   ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London, invited artist

2014, 2013        Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London

2014                   Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London

2013                   Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, King's Place, London

Academic Qualifications

2004     MA Fine Art, Canterbury Christchurch University

2002     BA (Hons) 1st Class in Fine Art, Canterbury Christchurch University

1998     Diploma in Fine Art, Grimsby College

​Selected Teaching

2023                   Casa Rosa, Spain


2023 -                 Hampshire Art Studio, UK

2022 -                 Art East Anglia, UK

2022 - 2023      Penn Studio School of Art, USA

2019                   Heatherley's School of Art, London 

2014 - 2024       The Art Academy, London

2010 - 2014       Kent Adult Education, UK

2008 - 2009       Centre for Flexible Learning, University of Kent, UK

2007                   Canterbury Christchurch University, UK

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