James Needham was born in Rugby, England in 1983 and currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia. He studied at the Oxfordshire College of Art in the UK, graduating with a Diploma in General Art & Design in 2002 and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Art at Sydney’s National Art School.

His work draws themes and compositions from the history of art to form a group of works dealing with contemporary life, particularly human relationships and the often conflicted feelings one feels when engaging with others. James’ influences range from early realists Courbet and Manet, to contemporary artists such as Lucian Freud, Eric Fischl and Liu Xiaodong.