James Jessop

New York City Nights


Acrylic and oil on canvas, 152 x 244cm

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Born in Bletchley in 1974, James Jessop grew up inspired by the raw energy of the New York graffiti scene, enthralled by the spraying, hip hop and skate boarding. A contrast to the subdued monochrome of his home town of Leighton Buzzard; the streets of inner city NYC called as a projection of creativity, camaraderie and soul.

Prior to receiving his masters in painting at the Royal College of Art in 1999, James Jessop studied Fine Art at Coventry University graduating in 1995. Jessops’ work is heavily influenced by his interest in gaudy B-movie imagery and sleazy paperback covers from the sixties juxtaposed with a sense of Bronx style tagging intervention.

Jessop established his studio in East London on leaving the RCA, where he still works on his epic canvases. In 2007 he moved to a in large studio in a former Baptist church in Sweden, where he produced many huge paintings for his solo Shows at Thomas Cohn, Sao Paulo 2008 & Christoffersen, Copenhagen in 2009. Then in 2010 he was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Painting Prize. Jessop has exhibited in major cities such as New York, Sao Paulo, Copenhagen and Turin. 2004 saw James’ first UK museum show; New Blood at the Saatchi Gallery alongside the likes of Tal R, Daniel Richter & Jonathan Meese.

Jessop has been running Horrific Gallery, his Project Space in Hackney Wick from 2015, he also runs independent record label Horrific Recordings.