Bio

Todd James is a multidisciplinary creator. His work is informed in equal measure by cartoons, graffiti culture, painters such as Willem de Kooning, Peter Saul, Henri Matisse and Franz Kline. His paintings are colourful, vibrant, often humorous, bold and subtle at the same time. He has exhibited extensively around the world, including two participations in The Venice Biennale. James has been an integral part of the genre-expanding exhibitions: Street Market, Beautiful Losers and Art In The Streets. James has painted graffiti in New York under the moniker REAS since the early eighties and collaborated with Beastie Boys, Iggy Pop and Eminem amongst others.

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Born 1969 in New York, US
Lives and works in New York, US


SELCECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021
Garden of Eden, Ross Kramer Gallery, Hamptons, New York, US
Beyond the Streets-On Paper, Long Island, New York, US
I’m going Every Sunday now, Ross Kramer Gallery, Hamptons, New York, US

2020
Garden of Eden, Ross + Kramer Gallery, New York, United States
Warm Welcome, Eighteen, Copenhagen, Denmark

2019
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, Over the Influence, Los Angeles, California, US

2018
Love To Love You, Galeria Javier Lopez & Fer Frances, Madrid, Spain
Interior, Eighteen, Copenhagen, Denmark

2016
We Are One, Galeria Javier Lopez & Fer Frances, Madrid, Spain

2015
FUD, Barry McGee & Todd James, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen Denmark
Fantasy Island,
 Lazarides Rathbone, London
Fly Like The Wind, Nanzuka, Tokyo
PUMP PUMP, A.L.I.C.E. Gallery, Brussels

2014
Supernatural, Sandra Gering Inc, New York
Secret Garden, Patricia Armocida, Milan, Italy
Strange Days, Finca Cortesin Javier Lopes, Malaga
Afternoon Delight, AshioNanzuka, Hong Kong

2013
Splash Damage, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Business As Usual, Javier López Gallery, Madrid, Spain
World Domination, Lazinc, United Kingdom

2012
Beyond Elegance, Valmorbida Gallery, New York, United States
Free to Be You & Me, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Yield To Temptation,
 Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo, Japan
King of the Wild Frontier, Gering & López, New York, United States

2011
Face Makers, The Hole at Royal/T, Culver City, California, United States
What´s He Building In There?, FUSE, New York, United States
Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo, Japan

2010
Infinity Lessons, A.L.I.C.E. Gallery, Brussels
Great Adventure, Javier Lopez Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Make My Burden Lighter, Gering & López Gallery, New York, United States

2009
Don’t Stop Get It Get It, Colette, Paris, France
Disaster, Monster Children Gallery, Camperdown, Australia

Double Disaster, Don’t Come Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2008 

Blood & Treasure, Lazarides Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2007
Trouble, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2002
Beloved Fiend, Todd James, Tate Liverpool Biennal, Liverpool, United Kingdom


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022
Interior Dialogues, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark  
V1 XX- Twenty years of V1 Gallery, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2021
Lampadephoria, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2020
MINE IV, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2019
MINE III, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark 
The Birds,
 CHART Art Fair with V1 Gallery, Kunsthal Charlottenborg,
Copenhagen, Denmark
BEYOND THE STREETS, Brooklyn, New York, United States

2018
Tables, Pots & Plants – A Song for Matisse, V1 Gallery at VOLTA14,
Basel, Switzerland
BEYOND THE STREETS, Werkartz, Los Angeles, California, United States

2016
Art Basel Hong Kong 2016, Nanzuka Gallery. Hong Kong
Greek Gotham, Dio Horia, Greece
Juxtapoz x Superflat, Takahashi Murakami Juxtapox, Seattle, United States
Character, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
No Commision,
 Dean Collection, New York, United States

2015
Venice Biennale 2015, Bridges Of Graffiti, Venice, Italy
Natural Selection, The Hole, New York, United States

2014
VOLTA10, V1 Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
New York Paint, Gl. Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark
Knock! Knock! Javier Lopez, New York, United States

2013
Chicken Or Beef, curated by Jesper Elg, The Hole Gallery, New York, United States
Meet Your Maker, Bleecker Street Arts Club, New York, United States

2012
Supergrass, Bloom Projects, New York, United States
V1X: Tonight We Wont Be Bored, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2011
Art in the Streets, The Geffen Contemporary, MOCA, Los Angeles, United States
Travelling to Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Dadarhea, Canada Gallery, New York, United States
Brothers of the Weird, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Con amor, Leif Djuurhus Collection, AROS, Aarhus Museum Denmark
Volta, V1 Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Contemporaries, Galeria Patricia Armocida, Milan, Italy


2010
Brush Strokes, Todd James & Lydia Fong, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Album,
 V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
USA Today,
 Centro Torrente Ballester, Ferrol, Spain

The Nordic Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark
HK Art Fair, Nanzuka Underground booth, Hong Kong

2009
The Paper Chasers, O.H.W.O.W, Miami, FL, travelling to Plaything Gallery,
Auckland, New Zealand
The New Yorkers, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008
The Outsiders, The Lazarides Gallery, New York, United States
Destruction of Atlantis, Union Gallery London, United Kingdom

2007
Paper Trails, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2006
High Math, V1 Gallery Copenhagen, Denmark
Arkitip,
 Venice Beach, October, Todd James and Kaws, Venice, Italy
Arkitip, Tokyo, December, Todd James and Kaws, Tokyo, Japan

2005
Beautiful Losers, Baltimore Contemporary Museum, June 25 – Sept 25,
Baltimore, United States
Beautiful Losers, Orange County Museum of Art, February 6 – may 15,
Orange County, United States

2004
Beautiful Losers, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, March 13 – May 15,
Ohio, United States
Beautiful Losers, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, October 3, San Francisco,
United States

2002
Beloved Fiend, Tate Liverpool Biennal, Liverpool, UK
Pot o’Gold 3,
PAM Gallery Australia, Perks, Australia


2001
Tits and Ass, Todd James and Jamil GS, Huston Gallery, Seattle, United States
Pot o Gold 2, Todd James, Chris Johanson, and James Jarvis, PAM Gallery Australia, Perks, Australia

2000
Street Market, with Todd James Steve Powers Barry Mcgee, Deitch Projects, New York, United States
Street Market, with Todd James Steve Powers Barry Mcgee, Parco Gallery, Japan
Street Market, with Todd James Steve Powers Barry Mcgee, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Untitled 2000, Japan Group show Kieth Harring Foundation, Japan

1999
Indelable Market, Todd James, Steve Powers, Barry Mcgee, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philladelphia, United States

1998
Daze/Crash with guest Reas, Recent Works, Pallazzo Enrico Coveri Florence, Florence, Italy
Adventures of the Four Letter Word, with Steve Powers


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2018
Cartoon Castle, Trojan Horse Press, on the occasion of Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair, 48 pages
We are one, published by Testity Books, featuring 35 gouache paintings on paper made between 2009-2016, 64 pages

2016
We are One, published by Testify Books

2015
The Bridges of Graffiti, catalogue from The Bridges of Grafitti exhibition at
Venice Biennale

2014
Beyond The Gates, published by the artist, 40 pages

2006
Attitude Dancer, soft cover coloring book, 24 pages

2008
Todd James: Blood & Treasure, published by Lazarides Gallery London

2000
Street Market – Barry McGee, Stephen Powers, Todd James, published by Little More, Taka Kawachi

Selected Works
Sorceress. 2020
Oil on canvas
152.5 x 213.5 cm
CONVERSATIONS WITH PLANTS. 2020
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
152.5 X 213.5 cm
Rap IS Out Of Control, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
152.5 x 213.5 cm
KALEIDOSCOPE CASTLE. 2020
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
152.5 X 1 22 CM
WARM WELCOME. 2020
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
152.5 X 1 22 CM
Warm Welcome. 2020
INSTALLATION VIEW
eighteen
LIBRARIAN. 2017
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
129 X 207 CM
MASTER OF MIGHTY MAGIC. 2017
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
245 X 309 CM
FANCY MAGIC. 2016
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
153 X 101.5 CM
Escape from Witch Mountain. 2014
Acrylic on canvas
107 x 91.5 cm
FREE TO BE YOU AND ME. 2012
INSTALLATION VIEW
v1 gallery
FREE TO BE YOU AND ME. 2012
INSTALLATION VIEW
v1 gallery

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Untitled. 2010

Barry Mcgee

Untitled. 2010

£1,111
Untitled. 2010

Todd James

Untitled. 2010

£582
Beyond The Gates. 2014

Todd James

Beyond The Gates. 2014

£39
Untitled. 2010

Todd James

Untitled. 2010

£582