Festival Artist - James Dodds

We are thrilled that James Dodds has allowed us to use images of his work in our festival publicity.

James Dodds was born in the east coast fishing town of Brightlingsea, and trained as a shipwright in Maldon. He then studied painting at Chelsea and the Royal College of Art, London. He has also conceived, illustrated and hand-produced a series of artists books.

James regularly exhibits at Messum's Fine Art, Cork St, London, Hayletts Gallery Maldon, Northouse Gallery, and Bircham Contemporary Arts.

He had a major retrospective show, "Shipshape", at firstsite at The Minories in Colchester in November 2001. This show subsequently toured at Whitstable, Herne Bay, Frome, the Isle of Wight, Barnard Castle, the National Maritime Museum of Cornwall, the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. Great Yarmouth and Hartlepool.

His work has been purchased by Britten-Pears Library, Aldeburgh; Victoria and Albert Museum; Clacton & Rochford Hospitals; Chelmsford and Essex Museums; Ipswich Borough Council, Museums and Galleries; Colchester Borough Council; Horniman Museum, London and many private collectors.

In July 2007 James was very pleased to accept the offer of an honorary doctorate from the University of Essex in recognition of his "distinguished contribution to the local community as an artist and defender of our community and natural heritage."

James has his own press the Jardine Press, where he creates beautiful books and prints.