1957 Born in Brightlingsea
1972 – 76 Apprentice Shipwright in Maldon
1976 – 77 Colchester School of Art
1977 – 80 Chelsea School of Art
1981 – 84 Royal College of Art
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 College of art and the Royal College of Art, London. He is also a printmaker and has conceived, illustrated and hand-produced a series of artists books (see Jardine Press website for prints and books).
James regularly exhibits in London, Maldon, Manningtree, Norfolk and Maine USA. In 2001 he had a major retrospective show, “Shipshape”, at Firstsite at The Minories in Colchester. The show subsequently toured 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. In 2015 he returned to Firstsite in its new building in Colchester with another substantial exhibition, “Wood to Water”.
His work has been purchased by the 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; Fred Olsen; Greenwich National Maritime Museum; Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art; The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts 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.”
Selected Solo Exhibitions
1983: “Icarus”, Minories, Colchester
1984, 1995, 1998, 2000: Aldeburgh Festival
1985: “Ship of Fools”, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
1986: “Fish, Flesh or Fowl”, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
1989, 1990, 1995, 1997: Printworks, Colchester
1989, 1992, 1995, 1999, 2009, 2014: Bircham Contemporary Arts, Norfolk
1990, 1994, 1995: Chapel Galleries, Essex
1992: Sue Rankin Gallery, London. 2-man show with John Bratby RA
2001: North House Gallery, Manningtree, with John Reay
“Blue Boat”, Essex University Galery
“Shipshape”, Firstsite at The Minories, Colchester, subsequently toured at Whitstable, Herne Bay, Kent, Frome, the Isle of Wight, Barnard Castle, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, Great Yarmouth and Hartlepool
2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015: Messum’s, Cork Street London
2010, 2012: Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine. USA
2013: “Masterpieces, Art and East Anglia” Sainsbury Centre, UEA Norwich (mixed show)