Jim initially studied bronze casting at the RCA in London on the foundry route under Richard Rome, he taught bronze as a visiting tutor at Cardiff school of art and demonstrated mould making at Wimbledon. For many years he tutored at the Hong Kong bronze studio and is now working at Butley Mills Studios, Suffolk.
“i make two kinds of work: one is an attempt on the sublime in sculpture, which is normally the preserve of painting. to this effect, the Monumenty, Tang and Bird Alphabet series are about placing the human artefact in nature, within the landscape where it can command the pictorial, bring sky to earth and earth to sky. they are seeking an ideal for civilised aspirations and the extraordinary: Monumenties like Angelic and Caryatid are a monument to an unstated future happening. Monumenty is very likely to survive the species which made it. the Tangs are compositional exercises inspired by ancient bronze, the Bird Alphabet is an attempt to create a sculptural written language for birds, to create a meta-alien language and so rewrite the basis for sculptural expression and create entirely new art. my other work is for the contemporary fringe, where the Aherm and Bad Painter series can let off steam, tell collectors where to get off, push rodin over and make fun of oneself, the art world and pretty much anything worth kicking fair and square on the arse. the art comes first.”