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James A. Hudson MA is an artist working primarily on fictional projects that combine unposed B&W photographs, text & collage.
In the late 80’s/early 90's he worked as a BMX rider, including appearances on the Paul Daniels Magic show & in the Gt. Yarmouth Hippodrome, Blackpool Tower & Krone circuses. Then as a Skateboard & BMX photographer, moving into magazine publishing & digital media production in the late 1990's. Relocated to Oslo in 2001 & became a full-time, freelance photographer. Returned to the UK in 2006, developed his personal practice, undertook an MA in Graphic Arts at the UWE & now based in South Wales.
Early personal work included photographic projects about the circus, skateparks, industry & vintage cars. In 2010-2011 he completed an artist residency at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford producing a book inspired by Ovid’s stories of Metamorphosis. Also documented a number of creative projects for Urbonas Studio, RWCMD, Peak Arts & others. Prints from his ‘Last Days of the Abergavenny Livestock Market’ project were purchased by Monmouthshire Museums & his illustration of the poem ‘London’ was included in Blackwells' ‘Inspired by Blake’ event in 2014. Work has been included in the Format & Diffusion festivals & a number of other exhibitions.
His practice recently developed to incorporating text & collage into sequences of unposed photographs. Work founded in documentary practice but then developed & presented back as fiction is now at the root of his practice. Chance encounters & the dérive are still key to his working process, history and literature often providing the thematic inspiration.
In 2019 he completed a postgrad in Graphic Arts at UWE related to how complex visual graphic narratives are read. As material for the investigation he developed Mary Wollstonecraft’s 1878 unfinished story ‘The Cave of Fancy’ into a new 300+ page photo-text novel.
He is currently completing a long term project about urban alienation, suicide & perceived terrorist threat titled ‘Nothing To Worry About’. In April 2019 he received a commission from Ffotogallery & the Welsh Assembly to participate in their ‘Many Voices, One Nation’ project that will be exhibited in the Autumn of 2019.
UWE Creative Industries Degree Show \ Arnolfinin, Bristol \ 7-12 June 2019
Graphic Art of Photography \ Centrespace Gallery, Bristol \ 9-14 February 2018
Revolution ‘Zeitgeist’ Diffusion Festival \ Wales Millennium Centre \ 1-31 May 2017
Made in Wales II: A Fine Beginning \ Various locations \ September 2015 - April 2016
ESPY Award 2014 - Rural & Urban (Shortlisted) \ Elysium Gallery, Swansea \ 8-30 March 2014
Factory: FORMAT International Photography Festival \ Derby \ 8 March - 7 April 2013
Transitions \ Art Workhouse Gallery, Abergavenny \ 24 November 2012 - 13 January 2013
Brompton Bicycle Race \ Blenheim Palace, Woodstock \ 24 June - 16 December 2011
Luxury Goods - The Illusion of Art \ The Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton, London \ 26-30 April 2011
Residencies, Lectures & Talks
Artist in Residence \ Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archeology, Oxford \ 2010-2011
B&W Photography Lecture \ Royal Automobile Club, London \ 8 November 2016
Practice Introduction Lecture \ University of Derby \ 6 March 2013
Cave of Fancy Talk UWE Postgrad Symposium \ Arnolfini, Bristol \ 23 May 2019
Forum Talk \ FFotogallery, Cardiff \ 31 January 2013
The Cave of Fancy \ Printed book, hand bound, 364 pages, 10 copies \ 2019
Some Deaths I have known \ Printed booklet coloured paper, 3 copies \ 2018
@ a poetry brothel \ Printed booklet with laser cut windows, 22 copies \ 2018
London \ Boxed set of 12 Lambda Prints with silk screened text, 9 copies \ 2016
Three Encounters \ Printed booklet with folded card envelope, 99 copies \ 2016
Skate Park Life \ Printed, hand folded booklet, 300 copies \ 2016
Three Muses \ Printed booklet with folded card envelope, 99 copies \ 2015
Metamorphosis \Duotone hardback book by Bardwell Press, 350 copies \ 2015