London-born (1966) James Straffon is a visual artist who creates artworks across a broad range of media.
His creations owe much to the obsessive eye of the collector. With it, an appreciation of the erstwhile and endangered media which litter our heritage - the printed paper form, letterpress typography, film-shot photography, hand-painted objects and the forgotten allure of scrapbook assemblage. He has close connections with both the traditional forms of artistic expression, and the more cutting edge oeuvre of street art. He works between these genre, allowing for experimentation and interplay.
He exhibits on a regular basis; past collections being shown with Paul Smith, SNAP Galleries Piccadilly, RedHouse Originals, The London Design Festival and other London galleries. He has created commissioned work for clients, and has worked with a variety of organisations on specific street-based projects.
Straffon overlaps his skills as a fine artist into the graphic arts. He has a first class honours degree in Graphic Design, and has worked with such organisations as The Royal Opera House, Tate Modern, EMI, Channel 4, The Royal Academy of Arts, The Barbican, and recently a series of commissioned posters for English National Opera. He also designs magazines, researches and writes feature articles (including interviews) and is a published photographer.
In 2012 he founded the Turnpike Art Group - a north London based initiative set up to create a free urban gallery experience; inviting international street artists to create work, as well as curating ongoing exhibition programs and introducing his own intervention artworks into the urban environment.
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All artwork and images © James Straffon 2017.