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About James Peart

I have been an artist from a very early age. I remember being 7, and drawing Concorde on a page of a book that I can not remember. But I do remember drawing Concorde again, (aged 9), and thinking, 'Wow, I've improved').

Another early memory involved copying drawings from The Beano. I imagined myself as an artist, and drawing for a living. I certainly had big dreams for someone who hadn't even reached 10 years old!

A primary school teacher once told me, that if I was half as good at maths as I was at art, I would be a very clever boy. Sadly, that never happened. My maths skills did improve though. I sat next to one of the clever kids, and I learnt how to copy him without his, or the teacher's knowledge.

I did have a drawing published in a comic at the age of 11. My first taste of nationwide fame, and a payment of £5, (plus a hand written congratulatory message from an actual comic artist!).

With this optimism, and recognition, I couldn't wait to study art at my next school. Aged 11, I was ready to dive into the world of art classes. There was an exciting world of paints, pencils and charcoals to discover. Sadly, at the age of 16, art wise, I was academically a failure. I achieved awful grades, and my teacher explained to me that art wasn't for me.

I didn't pick up a pencil, or a paintbrush again, until my late 20's. It was a guitar I picked up, and I set about making music, with 4 friends from my local town. Sadly, we didn't make it. But who does? Nevertheless, we had fun writing songs, and playing gigs right up until 1998.

In 1999, I painted a movie still from 'Betty Blue'. A one off moment of artistic exploration, and an early love of Cobalt Blue.

Then a hiatus of 11 years.

In 2010, I bought a few canvases, a pack of acrylic paints and set about painting images of my own town. By 2011, I had started to amass quite a collection of local scenes. But it wasn't a difficult decision to decide to branch out and paint studies that I thought were marketable.

I am now either known as the London Underground artist, or the artist that paints women with umbrellas.

Art is a passion, not a qualification.


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James Peart joined Society6 on January 17, 2013. Verified on January 17, 2013.