James Culleton studied art at the University of Manitoba where he received his BFA Honors in 1997. While living in Montréal in 2006 he received a grant from the conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec to rediscover his French roots. He published his first book in 2009 called Contouring Québec in which he used blind contour drawing and a GPS to document his movements through Québec. In 2010 Culleton was awarded a commission to create a series of steel sculptures for the façade of the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg. In 2011 he published Lyrical Lines, a book of drawings and paintings that depicts a visual who’s who of Canada’s roots music scene in some of Winnipeg’s most venerable music venues.
A multi-faceted artist-designer-musician, James Culleton is known for his blind contour drawings (made quickly while looking at the subject and not down at the pen or paper). These drawings appear in his books Lyrical Lines (2011) and Contouring Quebec (2009). In 2012 he released his forth music CD, memento.