James Horton works largely in ink but mixes this with a variety of other media. His work is highly detailed but the scratchy, loose style creates mood and motion. His drawings take inspiration from industrial landscapes, British wildlife and imaginary flights of fancy.
Having spent his whole life knowing he needs to create and draw, James is relatively new to his role as an artist. In October 2017 he hosted his first solo exhibition at the Studios in New Mills, Derbyshire. He currently exhibits work at local galleries.
James constantly experiments, striving to find alternative techniques and master new skills in order to achieve different and better results. He is motivated by a never ending desire to learn. He creates work that has character, which often results in images containing a slightly melancholy presence.
His involvement in the Inktober 2017 and 2018 projects ensured that his work created interest and gathered a large following on social media. People monitored his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts daily to see each new picture. He used the provided prompt words to inspire him to create a wide variety of pieces; some were satirical, whilst others explored imagination and technique. Both years he hosted very well received exhibitions as a result.
He is inspired by artists such as Ronald Searle and Lowry. Many of his pieces include scenes from the local area and reflect the industrial heritage. He also likes to explore the character of machines and has created several pieces that personify the robotic and industrial. James works extensively on his life drawing skills and produces both quick, fluid sketches and polished portraits.
Having exhibited previously in the Derbyshire Open Arts Trail, as part of the Hayfield Artists group, this is James' second year opening his own home and work space in order to be able to exhibit a more extensive collection of his art. He looks forward to welcoming a new audience this year alongside old friends.