About
James Dean Diamond

The contemporary British artist James Dean Diamond's work is highly acclaimed by:

‘Great work’
Banksy | Artist

‘Diamond’s work is very important’

Thomas Joshua Cooper | Artist & Founder of the Glasgow School of Art's Fine Art Photography Department

‘Intriguing work’
Dakis Joannou | Director & Founder of the Deste Foundation

‘A strong installation both conceptually and visually’
Christos Joachimedes | Independent curator at the Royal Academy London 

‘The work is very strong, very interesting & very well crafted’
Efi Strousa | 
President of the Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art – Hellenic Section 

‘Thank you for the wonderful work’
Karl Lagerfeld | 
Creative Director of the fashion house Chanel 

The artworks are collected worldwide by private individuals and available as limited-edition prints, each signed, numbered and dated.

An earlier career as an electronics and mechanical engineer in the UK and the USA led James to embark upon a BA Photography at the London College of Communication, an MA Fine Art from the University of Brighton, and to approach his artwork as a scientific investigation. For 20 years James’s multidisciplinary visual arts practice comprises mesmerising large-scale photographic installations and original composed sound scores – shooting in perennial motion across European cities (London, Paris, Zagreb, Athens, Copenhagen, Malmo and Berlin), the work gives visual expression to the flux of energy, creating environments of ectoplasmic form.

James is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including a 3-year Polaroid Sponsorship Award for Innovation, ‘University of the Arts London Student of the Year’ and Kodak prize. Artworks feature in exhibitions in Europe and New York, as well as reviews in ‘LENSCRATCH’, ‘Elephant’, ‘Creative Boom’, ‘ArtRabbit’, ‘Mount Kimbie/NTS Radio’, ‘Crime, Media & Culture’, ‘Art in America’, ‘Contemporary’ and the ‘British Journal of Photography’. Commissioned by many leading clients, such as the Financial Times, How To Spend It, Harpers & Queen, The Telegraph, Levi’s, Selfridges, BMW, to name a few; his work is supported by The British Council and and Stamos Frissiras of the Frissiras Museum, Athens. Currently based in the UK, James lived and worked in Athens, Greece from 2002 to 2006. 

About
Samia Ashraf

Having studied at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College, USA, Samia Ashraf graduated from Central St Martins School of Art & Design with a BA in Fine Art Printmaking & Photomedia and an MA in Museum & Gallery Management from City University London. She developed an interest in collaborating with artists and makers, emerging, mid-career and established, as a curator and professional and business development adviser. Samia’s work is also formed by the research and management of exhibitions in London, Athens and the UK, as well as contributions to various publications.

Working with the Crafts Council and an agent representing leading photographers & digital artists across London, Europe and the USA, her work extends to coordinating an education programme for the critically acclaimed artist Thomas Joshua Cooper at the University of Brighton, MA Fine Art. 

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James Dean Diamond

 Nationality: British | DOB: 1968

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

2014 MA Fine Art, Merit, University of Brighton, UK
1996 BA Hons Photography 2.1, The University of the Arts London (LCC) UK
1994 Undergraduate Term, Les Gobelans Ecole De Media, Paris, France 
1993 Foundation Film & Photography, Distinction, Portsmouth Art College, UK
1989 BTEC National Diploma in Electronics, Southdowns College, UK
1985 City & Guilds Mechanical Engineering Certificate, UK

1996 – PRESENT  SELECTED SOLO & GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

'Still Points & Sea Beams' solo show curated by Samia Ashraf - Mount Street Gallery, Mayfair, London

2017  ‘Dreaming of Le Gibet’ European Commission, 12 Star Gallery, Smith Square, Westminster, London
2015 ‘Dreaming of Le Gibet’ Salvage, Brighton
2014 ‘Dreaming of Le Gibet’ University of Brighton
2013 ‘Dark Flow’ University of Brighton
2012 ‘Death in a Place like This’ solo show curated by Samia Ashraf – Mount Street Gallery, Mayfair, London
2011 ‘Photo Media Salon’ group show – Charlie Dutton Gallery, London
2011 ‘Black & White’ group show – Wimbledon Fine Art Gallery, London
2011 ‘Death in a Place like This’ Installation curated by Samia Ashraf - Pear Tree Gallery, Taunton, Somerset  
2010 ‘Shadow Ghosts & Defects’ – Auxesis group show - Tactile Bosch, Cardiff
2009 ‘Death In A Place Like This’ Installation - Ivy Brown Gallery, New York
2008 ‘Anti flux’ group show - Tactile Bosch, Cardiff
2008 ‘Constant flux’ group show - Kunstlerhaus, Vienna
2008 ‘Come to the edge’ group show - Ivy Brown Gallery, New York
2007 ‘Dark Victory’ group show - Tactile Bosch, Cardiff
2007 ‘The Bleak Existence Of A Synthetic’ solo show, curated by Samia Ashraf – Cheap Art Gallery, Athens
2005 ‘Death In A Place Like This’ Installation curated by Samia Ashraf - ‘Art Athina,’ Athens International Art Fair 
2005 ‘Magic’ group show curated by Andrea Gilbert - Vamiali’s Gallery, Athens
2003 Group show with art dealer Jenny Tsoubri, Athens
2003 ‘Castle Keep’ solo show curated by Samia Ashraf – Cheap Art Gallery, Athens
2003 ‘Death In A Place Like This’ solo show - Corner Gallery, Athens - Artwork was accompanied by a string quartet from the Kamerata Orchestra (Christopher Humphrys/cello, Sue Norton/cello, Rosalind Tomlin/violin & Karl Tomlin/viola) who performed the ‘Quartet for the end of time’ by Olivier Messaien
2000 ‘WIP’ group show curated by Samia Ashraf, London
1997 ‘Top Marks’ group show - The London Institute Gallery
1996 ‘Famous Unknowns’ group show - The Special Photographers Company, London

PUBLICATIONS | REVIEWS | AWARDS

Artist in Residence at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre, part of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex. As official members of the faculty, this 3-year programme will permit Diamond and curator Samia Ashraf to access the work of the research groups at the Centre, enabling them to collaborate with genomic scientists.

LENSCRATCH | Elephant | Creative Boom | ArtRabbit | Mount Kimbie/NTS Radio | Crime, Media & Culture Publication by City University London | Springboard Art Fund Award, University of Brighton | London Photographic Association – Cityscape Award | BBC Radio Somerset interview | TV Arts programme review (ET1) | Athens International Radio interview | Contemporary | Art in America | Now in Athens | Amaze magazine | Vima | Mirror | Time Out Athens | Design Week | British Journal of Photography | 3-year Polaroid Sponsorship Award for Innovation | Kodak Award | ‘University of the Arts, London Student of the Year’ | ‘Student of the Year,’ Portsmouth Art College

TEACHING

2014 - Present Holland Park Tuition, Science (Physics, Chemistry & Biology) Visual Art & Photography Tutor
2012 - 2015 Science Intervention Manager, Varndean School, Brighton
2011 - 2016 Photography Tutor, Frui London
2009 - Present  Visiting Lecturer - BA Photography In The Arts, Swansea Metropolitan University

1996 – 2009  PHOTOGRAPHER FOR GLOBAL ADVERTISING | FASHION CAMPAIGNS

Levis | BMW | Hewlett Packard | Bacardi | Camel | Selfridges | Coke Cola | Swatch | DKNY | Issey Miyake | Royal Exchange | Solar Century | Kantonal Bank, Switzerland | Neutrogena | MTV | Credit Suisse | Volvo | Phillip Morris | Proctor & Gamble | Roc | London Fire Brigade | The Boat Show | Blue Point | EVGA | Refresh | Harpers & Queen | Financial Times ‘How to spend it’ | Time Out London | The Telegraph | The Guardian | Pure Magazine | S- Magazine | Don’t tell it | Bima Madonna | Yineka | Playboy USA | Votre Beaute | Ferrari & Maserati Dealership

1984 – 1992  ELECTRONIC ENGINEER, DE LA RUE SYSTEMS & TRANS TECHNOLOGY, UK & USA

Thank You

Thanks to Graham Black, Clare Carolan, Bushra Munib Dar, Jon Drake, Kim Fielding, Georg Georgakopoulos, Dimitris Georgakopoulos, Conall Gleeson, David Gluck, Vassilis Grigoropoulos, Annie Hooton, Charlie Hooker, Christopher Humphrys, Catherine Jarvie, Colin Jarvie, Fotini Kapiris, Den O'Dell, Jeremy O’Sullivan, Searle Kochberg, Denis Kovac, Sue Norton, Jeremy Maker, Max Mezzowave, Mike Peel, Vicki Reeve, Juliette Seibold, Paul Smith, Rosalind Tomlin, Karl Tomlin, Alison Weedall, Claire Williams, Colourstream, Spectrum Photographic & The Vault Imaging

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