James Jessop

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James Jessop
Born 1974
Bletchley, England, UK
Nationality British
Education The Royal College of Art, Coventry University
Known for Painting
Movement Contemporary Art
Website http://www.jamesjessop.co.uk
Patron(s) Charles Saatchi

James Jessop (born 1974) is a British contemporary artist. He trained at The Royal College of Art (RCA) and Coventry University. He lectures at City and Guilds of London Art School.

His work is influenced by early New York City Subway art and pop culture. He mainly works on large scale canvasses with oil paint, mocking Spoof Horror B-Movie posters.[1] His diptych painting, Fused Foot Star, is in the collection of the RCA.[2]

While working as a security guard, he exhibited in Charles Saatchi's March 2004 New Blood exhibition.[3]

Jessop was shortlisted for the £25,000 Threadneedle Prize at the Mall Galleries, London in 2010.[4]

His 2010 solo show, Beauty and the Beast, at High Roller Society in London included some of his largest works to date, dewsigned to make an impact, still fusing street art with more traditional mediums.[1]

Jessop has worked extensively with Polo Ralph Lauren Jeans in the past year as part of their Art Stars project.[5]

In May 2012 Jessop was featured on BBC 1's The Apprentice UK where the team was challenged to sell the work of various Urban Artists.[6]


  1. ^ a b Chris Osburn (23 March 2010) "Review: James Jessop’s Beauty and the Beast at High Roller Society", The Londonist. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
  2. ^ Fused Foot Star (Extension Bar with Wild Loops and Daubs) (diptych) by James Jessop, BBC - Your Paintings. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
  3. ^ Jury, Louise (2004-03-17). "Introducing Charles Saatchi's new proteges: A security guard, an ex-stripper and a drag queen". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Seven artists vie for £25,000 Threadneedle Prize". BBC News. 2010-07-23. 
  5. ^ James Jessop at Polo Jeans Co. Ralph Lauren Art Stars, 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-04.
  6. ^ The Apprentice Episode Eight Review, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-09.

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