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2022 PRIDE An epitaph to the England Women's Football Team, and their victory in the Euro2022 final.
2022 Cultivated and Enriched by Art A contemporary stained glass window, inspired by Suffolk-born landscape designer Humphry Repton.
2022 Mag Art, beers and laughs, on a double decker bus. London.
2022 The Stanmore Mouflon A proud Cypriot buck takes a stand on the corner of Stanmore Road, N15.
2022 Ten Years a Slave A eulogy to Banksy's Slave Labour.
2022 DRINK ME Lewis Carroll's eponymous heroine Alice dyes her hair and entertains the toxicity of Wonderland.
2022 Pysanka Shells Delicate painted egg shells help provide aid to the humanitarian crisis in the Ukraine.
2022 Spike Tales from the hedgerow.
2022 Tales from the river bank A common kingfisher eyes the catch of the day from a perch in leafy north London.
2022 25 Market Place A two-phase commemorative window installation for an east coast fashion boutique.
2021 Return to Sender An artful homage to Banky's iconic Girl with Balloon.
2021 Canto IV ~ CVI-III A trio of owls honour Lord Byron's long narrative poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.
2021 Kaptan June's bounty A conservation project in support of the Kaptan June Sea Turtle Conservation Foundation, based in Dalyan, Turkey.
2021 MERCY MERCY ME A homage and endorsement of musician Marvin Gaye's environmentalist ideals.
2021 The Conspiracy A family of ring-tailed lemurs overlook goings on in leafy north London..
2021 Warham Pettirosso An urban robin broadcasts its song along the time-worn paving slabs of Haringey Passage.
2021 Ahuro Mowai A London cabin retreat interior, featuring indigenous flora and fauna from New Zealand.
2021 Shanti A painted Indian elephant blows flowers from her trunk in salutation to Mrs Patel.
2021 Sirdar Chit Chat Three Chaffinches and a Sparrow start a conversation on a north London wall...
2021 A Rendezvous with Mrs Booth A private commission featuring the Margate Harbour and the Turner Contemporary Gallery.
2021 Ozu Tofu. Six repainted film scenes, cut from Yasujiro Ozu's 1962 movie masterpiece An Autumn Afternoon.
2021 This little piggy... An artwork in support of Farm Sanctuary.
2021 Flood. A sign. With global warming set to hit to 3C, flooding will redraw the map of the world.
2021 Don't be Koi A print depicting the unbalanced tao of global water through dumped plastic and toxins.
2020 Readings from The Barometer of Life. A contemporary tapestry, raising awareness for endangered species, climate change and the sixth mass extinction.
2020 Let's Stay Togther [The Mandarin] A street art commission for Tottenham, London.
2020 URBAN FAUNA. A limited edition print series of endangered animal artworks placed in London.
2020 Banksy Most Wanted. Interviewed for inclusion in the Canal + documentary movie.
2020 The Pheasant Plucker. A special commission for a residence in Maidensgrove, England.
2019 Keith Haring: New Wave. A group show featuring Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Blek le Rat and Sir Peter Blake.
2019 Pantera pardus. A big cat, raising awareness for the plight of all endangered species across the planet.
2019 Keith. A portrait of a Rolling Stone.
2019 54. A skate deck portrait series commemorating New York's iconic Studio 54 nightclub.
2019 Pride and the Peacock. The national bird of India introduces a splash of colour to an urban side street.
2019 Coastal Chic A special commission for a boutique store in Southwold, Suffolk.
2019 Oh Yeah? Wham! A set of unique spray paint artworks, as part of the Coastal Chic commission.
2019 People Have The Power. A portrait of musician, artist & poet Patti Smith fixed via an urban street culture context.
2019 DECONSTRUCTED REGENERATION. A commission project with St Modwen.
2019 Ulysses. A commission piece featuring the tropical Ulysses butterfly.
2018 HARK An urban art campaign commission for an east coast clothing boutique.
2018 LET US SPRAY A special print series to accompany HARK - the Angels of Southwold project.
2018 FABER A special commission featuring the 1909 Tour de France victor Francois Faber.
2018 sKATE Appropriating Peter Lindbergh’s iconic Kate Moss photograph within an urban street art context.
2018 Through the Palace Gates. A short film set in a north London urban allotment, on a summer’s evening.
2018 A Rhino in The Herb Garden. An ecology project in association with North Harringay Primary School, London.
2018 36 VIEWS OF PENTIRE. Commission via RedHouse Originals.
2018 MITOLOGIA ITALIANA. An exploration of the Italian cultural landscape, from 1909 to 1960; a work of fiction.
2017 When The Fox met The Duchess. A special commission unveiled by the Duchess of Cambridge, in Luxembourg.
2017 When The Fox met The Rooster And Other Stories. In Association with The British Embassy Luxembourg.
2017 Mark Cavendish for Qhubeka A special portrait created for the Bicycles Change Lives Campaign.
2017 Tom Simpson Memorial artwork An artwork laid at the summit of Mont Ventoux by Joanne Simpson
2017 The Kirkgate Triptych. Commission via RedHouse Originals.
2017 Verses On A Butterfly. Commission via RedHouse Originals.
2016 Curator/Lead artist Bag of Tricks Exhibition. Turnpike Art Group. The Green Rooms. Station Road, London N22
2016 Exhibition - Spirit of 66. Redhouse Originals Gallery
2016 An Objective Abstract - a special commission by Coppin Dockray Architects
2015 Exhibition - Chroma. Redhouse Originals Gallery
2015 Upfest. Street Art Festival, Bristol. 
2015 Curator Monarchy Exhibition. Turnpike Art Group. The Alex. Park Road, London N8
2014-2015 Campaign artist - English National Opera [Marriage of Figaro, Benvenuto Cellini, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg]
2014 Live painting - Logitech UE Boom launch event, London
2014 Join Velorution as freelance Art Director and writer - Velorution magazine
2014 Exhibition - Velocity. Velorution, Great Portland St, London
2014 Exhibition - Carbon, Sulphur & Paint. Redhouse Originals Gallery
2013 Exhibition - Paris Match. Showcase Gallery, Clerkenwell, London
2013 100e Exhibition. Snap Galleries. Piccadilly Arcade, London
2012 LE TOUR Book published by Rapha Racing, London
2012 LE TOUR Exhibition. Snap Galleries. Piccadilly Arcade, London
2012 Launch Turnpike Art Group, London
2011 Exhibition - Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, London
2011 Exhibition - Pauls Smith Store, Floral St, London
2011 Exhibition - Gran Corsa. Frameless Gallery, Clerkenwell Green, London
2010 Solo Exhibition - Frameless Gallery, Clerkenwell Green, London
2010 Condor Collection. Exhibited with Condor Cycles, The Bike Show, Earls Court, London
2010 Exhibition - at Craft Central, Clerkenwell, in conjunction with London Design Festival
2010 Exhibition - Paul Smith Globe Store, Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport, London
2006 - Freelance graphic designer, photographer, copywriter
2000-2006 Senior Designer, WPB Creative, Clere St, Shoreditch, London
1999-2000 In-house designer, EMI Classics, London
1993-1999 Senior Designer, Kee Scott Associates
1990-1993 In-house designer, The Royal Opera House, Floral Street, London
1986-1990 BA Hons Graphic Design, Middlesex Polytechnic, London
1985-1986 Art & Design Foundation course, Exeter College of Art & Design, Devon.
1977-1984 Barking Abbey Comprehensive. 2 A levels, 8 O levels

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2022.

Portfolio

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PRIDE - An epitaph to the England Women's Football Team, and their victory in the Euro2022 final.
Cultivated and Enriched by Art - A contemporary stained glass window, inspired by Suffolk-born landscape designer Humphry Repton.
Mag - art, beers and laughs, on a double decker bus. London.
The Stamnore Mouflon - A proud Cypriot buck takes a stand on the corner of Stanmore Road, N15.
Ten Years a Slave - a eulogy to Banksy's Slave Labour.
DRINK ME - Lewis Carroll's eponymous heroine Alice dyes her hair and entertains the toxicity of Wonderland.
Pysanka Shells - Delicate painted egg shells help provide aid to the humanitarian crisis in the Ukraine.
Spike - Tales from the hedgerow.
Tales from the river bank - A common kingfisher eyes the catch of the day from a perch in leafy north London.
urban fauna prints 25 Market Place - A two-phase commemorative window installation for an east coast fashion boutique.
urban fauna prints Return to Sender - An artful homage to Banky's iconic Girl with Balloon.
urban fauna prints Canto IV ~ CVI-III - A trio of owls honour Lord Byron's long narrative poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.
urban fauna prints Kaptan June's bounty - A conservation project in support of the Kaptan June Sea Turtle Conservation Foundation, based in Dalyan, Turkey.
urban fauna prints The Conspiracy - A family of ring-tailed lemurs overlook goings on in leafy north London.
urban fauna prints MERCY MERCY ME - A homage and endorsement of musician Marvin Gaye's environmentalist ideals.
urban fauna prints Warham Pettirosso - An urban robin broadcasts its song along the time-worn paving slabs of Haringey Passage.
urban fauna prints Shanti - A painted Indian elephant blows flowers from her trunk in salutation to Mrs Patel.
urban fauna prints Ahuro Mowai - A London cabin retreat interior, featuring indigenous flora and fauna from New Zealand.
urban fauna prints Sirdar Chit Chat - Three Chaffinches and a Sparrow start a conversation on a north London wall...
urban fauna prints Ozu Tofu - Six repainted film scenes, cut from Yasujiro Ozu's 1962 movie masterpiece An Autumn Afternoon.
urban fauna prints Let's Stay Together [The Mandarin] - a street art commission for Tottenham, London.
urban fauna prints Readings from The Barometer of Life - A contemporary tapestry, raising awareness for endangered species, climate change and the sixth mass extinction.
Pride and the Peacock. - The national bird of India introduces a bold splash of colour to an urban side street in Tottenham.
A Rhino in The Herb Garden - An ecology project in association with North Harringay Primary School, London.
urban fauna prints A Rendezvous with Mrs Booth - a private commission featuring the Margate Harbour and the Turner Contemporary Gallery.
An Objective Abstract - a special interior installation commissioned by Architecture and Design practice Coppin Dockray, invoking the work Kazimir Malevich.
When The Fox met The Rooster. And Other Stories. - A special commission in partnership with The British Embassy, Luxembourg, celebrating the Tour de France.
HARK - An urban art campaign commission for an east coast clothing boutique.
Carbon, Sulphur and Paint - presented through one man's pursuit of the greatest race in the world - the Tour de France, these works celebrate the cinematic sporting vista, and its heros.
The Kirkgate Triptych - A bold composition incorporating a variety of historical visual reference points sourced from around Kirkgate Market, Leeds.
DECONSTRUCTED REGENERATION - a commission project with St Modwen, using abstract building blocks, cut from the negative spaces.
urban fauna prints URBAN FAUNA - a limited edition print series of endangered animals, placed on London walls.
Pantera pardus. - A big cat, raising awareness for the plight of all endangered species across the planet.
urban fauna prints This little piggy... - an artwork in support of Farm Sanctuary.
urban fauna prints Time & Tide - A public art commission installed at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London.
Coastal Chic - a special commission for a boutique store in Southwold, Suffolk.
sKATE - Appropriating Peter Lindbergh’s iconic Kate Moss photograph within an urban street art context.
54 - a skate deck portrait series commemorating New York's iconic Studio 54 nightclub.
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MITOLOGIA ITALIANA - An exploration of the Italian cultural landscape, from 1909 to 1960; a work of fiction.
FABER - A commission featuring the 1909 Tour de France victor Francois Faber.
36 VIEWS OF PENTIRE - A contemporary reappropriation of the iconic Under the Wave off Kanagawa, by Hokusai. 
Verses On A Butterfly - A modern diptych, based on the poem by Joseph Warton - Verses On A Butterfly (1806).
LE TOUR - a broad, and complete monogram; a major solo exhibition on the Tour de France, with an accompanying book published by Rapha.
LE TOUR Book - to accompany the Tour de France London exhibition, this hardback book was published by Rapha Racing, with a forward by British cyclist David Millar. Available to buy HERE.
100e - an allegorical monograph commemorating 100 editions of the Tour de France.Using Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost as a thematic schema, this series traces the evolution of universal ideas.
English National Opera - three production campaigns for the UK's largest contemporary opera company.
Citius. Altius. Fortius - in celebration of the Summer Olympics held in London, 2012, these works revisit the great and good of past medal winners.
Chroma and the Defining Moment - The ‘Chroma’ collection celebrates iconic moments from the world of sport, with Straffon collaborating with legendary sports photographer Gerry Cranham.

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2022.