MILITARY / AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ
In 2006 and 2007 James travelled to Helmand, Afghanistan and Baghdad, Iraq embedded with the British Army. The sketchbook that he produced became the focus for a feature article in The Times. James has been commissioned to make paintings by a number of British Regiments including the Grenadier Guards, 22 SAS, The Black Watch, The Rifles and The Royal Artillery.
For six months in 2018 James mentored Dougie Adams, a soldier wounded in Afghanistan, who had set out to become a professional artist. Dougie is part of a group of ex service personel who are being helped by the charity Style for Soldiers, set up by Emma Willis in 2007. Their work was exhibited at a high profile exhibition in Central London in November 2018 called ‘Art in the Aftermath’. Dougie sold all his work and received numerous commissions. Read more.