James Straffon

James Straffon is an acclaimed British artist, who lives and works in London.

He works across a wide range of media, creating large-scale public art installations,
private commissions and gallery exhibitions. 

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All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

Coastal Chic


Coastal Chic

In association with Collen & Clare.

A special commission for a boutique store in Southwold, Suffolk.
Work on canvas, plus interior walls. Spray paint and graffiti marker.
Main artwork 300cm x 150cm.

The project included a limited production of unique Anchor Tattoo artworks.













All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

sKATE

Kate Moss - skateboard artwork created by artist James Straffon
sKATE
Repurposed vintage skateboard. Spray paint on plywood.
75cm x 20cm x 10cm
POA


In 1994, on a shoot for Harper’s Bazaar magazine, German photographer Peter Lindbergh created what was to become an iconic image of the twenty-year-old British fashion model Kate Moss. The style was raw and atypical of the ubiquitous, over-sexualised gloss of the fashion industry at that time. Lindbergh was inspired by the work of American photographer and photojournalist Walker Evans (1903 - 1975), specifically his celebrated chronicle of America’s mid-1930s Great Depression.

In a later interview with Nick Knight for Show Studio, Moss said of the shoot 
“When I was doing it I remember thinking ‘this is a classic Lindbergh picture’.”


In representing this immortal image, sKATE appropriates the same rawness, mirroring the wooden, weather-beaten vertical shutter-board background used in the original Lindbergh photograph through the skate deck’s time worn surface.

Kate Moss - skateboard artwork created by artist James Straffon



Kate Moss - skateboard artwork created by artist James Straffon


All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

A Rhino in The Herb Garden

On 4th June 2018 the enlightened pupils at North Harringay Primary School, London returned from a half-term break to discover a Rhino in the herb garden. Further exploration of the outside zones of the school uncovered a climbing Red Panda, a majestic Tiger, an enquiring Red-eyed Tree Frog, a glorious Giraffe, bending to take a drink from one of the playground’s child-proportioned water fountains, and a mature Rhino, casually chewing on a clump of fresh Oregano shoots. A mini-menagerie had magically appeared in their absence.

The five animals in this collection were chosen to introduce the children to the diversity of the animal kingdom, and more critically bring focus to the plight of those species in danger of extinction, along with the rapidly disappearing flora on which they depend. The Sixth Mass Extinction is now a recognised phenomena - this a disconcerting and destructive component of a new epoch known as the Anthropocene age - in which human activity on our planet has become the dominant influence on climate and the environment; polluting the oceans and altering the atmosphere.

This influence has set a new and different trajectory for the Earth system. As the children grow up, and in time produce families of their own, will animals painted on walls be how we remember the creatures which once existed? Will the faded paint-marks of a rhino in the herb garden suggest a visual metaphor for how human caretakers failed to co-exist?

This series of artworks were created with the generous help of the North Harringay Primary PSA, along with the assistance of staff members.

A Rhino in the Herb Garden is partly created in the memory of Sudan - the last male Northern White Rhino of his species - who passed away in March 2018.

Project limited edition prints available on request.

A endangered species street artwork placed in a London school by artists James Straffon

A endangered species street artwork placed in a London school by artists James Straffon

A endangered species street artwork placed in a London school by artists James Straffon

A endangered species street artwork placed in a London school by artists James Straffon

A endangered species street artwork placed in a London school by artists James Straffon

A endangered species street artwork placed in a London school by artists James Straffon

A endangered species street artwork placed in a London school by artists James Straffon

A endangered species street artwork placed in a London school by artists James Straffon

A endangered species street artwork placed in a London school by artists James Straffon

A endangered species street artwork placed in a London school by artists James Straffon

A street artwork of Sudan the last Northern White Rhino painted in a London school by artist James Straffon

A street artwork of Sudan the last Northern White Rhino painted in a London school by artist James Straffon

A street artwork of Sudan the last Northern White Rhino painted in a London school by artist James Straffon





All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

A Rhino in The Herb Garden - The Movie


A Rhino in The Herb Garden
Running time: 6:18

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

Urban and Street Art
















James Straffon has created urban and street art installations from London, across the UK and mainland Europe. He has expanded this approach into specially commissioned pieces ranging from works on canvas to site-specific projects on, both interior and exterior.

For commissions send an email HERE


































All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.