DODDS, James Foster

1957 - ?

James Dodds

Born at Brightlingsea, Essex on 3 May 1957, son Andrew Wilson Dodds [q.v.] and his wife Rachel F. Foster, who married at Colchester in 1954. He was an apprentice shipwright at Walter Cook and Son, at Maldon, Essex 1972-1976, he then took a foundation course at Colchester School of Art 1976-1977 and then studied painting at Chelsea School of Art until 1980 and the Royal College of Art, London 1981-1984, where he found that his work drew increasingly on his East Anglian maritime background. He married in 1997 Catherine S. Clark, and they have a son and a daughter. His work has encompassed painting, printmaking and publishing his own hand-printed books of prints which display technical command of the use of the woodcut and in 1984 he founded Jardine Press at Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk. A figurative painter, wood and linocut printmaker and James's work has been purchased by 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 and many private collectors. In 2007 awarded 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.’ In November 2001 he had a major retrospective show, 'Shipshape' at The Minories, Colchester and this show subsequently toured at Whitstable, Herne Bay, Frome, Isle of Wight, Barnard Castle, National Maritime Museum of Cornwall, National Maritime Museum at Greenwich also at Great Yarmouth and Hartlepool. He regularly exhibits at Bircham Gallery at Holt, Norfolk, Messums Gallery in London, Hayletts Gallery at Maldon, Essex, North House Gallery at Manningtree, Essex and Mystic Seaport, Connecticutt, USA. Dodds has also established a long collaboration with poet Martin Newell and the pair have produced a series of books together celebrating their particular visions of life in East Anglia. Awarded 1999 GMC Trust Best in Show 'Aldeburgh Beach' 2012. He lived at Barnacle House, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex. (Ian Collins biography of James Dodds ‘Tidelines’).

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