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James Naughton

Bolton, UK

About the Artist 

James Naughton has been a professional Artist since 1998. Producing oil paintings from his Bolton (UK) studio, he has created a unique vision of Landscape painting. He has established his reputation through a consistent determination to make art. Trusting instincts which result in emotive experiences for him and the viewer.

His work emerges from three preoccupations, light, landscape and the nature of paint, these combine to result in paintings that link tradition and a modern visual experience. James values direct observation, as a traditional way to record the Landscape but is also drawn to communicating the interplay between what we see and our imagination, forging bonds between experience and mythology. His process does not normally involve preparation, sketching or photography, he finds that inviting the natural movement of oil paint to suggest the direction of a work, in an intuitive way, provides the most exciting challenge.

James has exhibited widely in the UK and at numerous acclaimed international Art Fairs. His personal interest in the art of Thomas Moran led to an ambitious Arts Council funded project and included a two week road trip in Yellowstone, National Park, The Teton Range and Green River(Wyoming USA) . The project culminated in an extensive exhibition in the public art gallery of his home town Bolton. TSuch recognition across the commercial and public spheres is very rare and testament to the the quality of James’ painting


Mar 2016 - Bowes Museum - New Light Exhibition - People's Choice Award

APR 2005 - UK Art for Youth - The Great Fenston Prize for best work in show - Ampleforth College.

JUN 2001 - UK Art for Youth - The Best Artist in Show Award - Leyburn

MAR 2001 - Manchester Academy Open Exhibition  - Addleshaw and Brooke Award



1991- 94- BAHons Degree- Leeds Metropolitan University - First Class (Hons)

1997 -98 - PGCE - Manchester Metropolitan University 

1989- 91 - Art Foundation-Bolton Institute of Higher Education - Distinction

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