Project Description

James Bland

James Bland

About James Bland

Born 1979, Grimsby.

Member: New English Art Club

Portraits of NHS Heroes

Subject: Darren Neeld, Paramedic

Original Artwork: 24 cm x 34 cm, oil on panel

Quote from the Subject:

‘It’s been a humbling experience being part of the NHS through the pandemic, the support from the public has been amazing. The #portraitsfornhsheroes is a great example of some of the support we have received. Thank you for such an amazing portrait.’
Darren Neeld


Academic Qualifications

2005     MA Fine Art, Canterbury Christchurch University

2003     BA (Hons) 1st Class in Fine Art, Canterbury Christchurch University

1999     Diploma in Fine Art, Grimsby College

Solo Exhibitions

2019         Altogether Elsewhere, Gallery 286, London

2019         Paintings 2019, Lilford Gallery, Canterbury

2017         An Artist in Flux, Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California

2017         Illuminations, Lilford Gallery, Canterbury

2015         Letting Light In, Lilford Gallery, Canterbury

2007         Wolfson College, Oxford University



2015         winner, Doreen McIntosh Prize

2014         runner-up, Visitors’ Choice Award, Threadneedle Prize

2013         1st Prize winner, Winsor & Newton Oil Painters Award

2007         winner, Janet Konstam Travel Award

2007         winner, Artist Residency, Centro Verrocchio, Tuscany

2003,05  Darwin College, University of Kent



2019         Seed, John, Disrupted Realism, Schiffer ISBN 0764358012

2019         Pill, Steve, James Bland, Artists & Illustrators, August 2019

2018         Podlesnik, Joseph, Observational Drawing, Tempe Digital ISBN-13 9780986163753

2017         Morton, Walt etc., Poets Artists #86, The New Nude

2016         Bland, James, Imaginative Painting, Artists & Illustrators, December 2016, p. 76 – 78

2015         Vann, Philip, James Bland in the Ruth Borchard Collection, 01 January 2016

2014         Bland, James, introduction to Villaggi, Galleria Elle Arte, Sicily by Ilaria Rosselli del Turco

2014         Eaton, Terri and Pill, Steve, Ones to Watch, Artists & Illustrators, April 2014

1993         Bland, James, Pilltris (Type-Ins), Amstrad Action #92


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020                    Heatherley’s Staff Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London

2020                    Assemble 20, Shepherds Market, London

2019                    Disrupted Realism II, Stanek Gallery, USA

2019                    Traces of Light, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

2019                    Art of Painting Conference, Natsoulas Gallery, California

2018                    Disrupted Realism, Stanek Gallery, USA

2015 – 2020    International Figurative Biennale, John Natsoulas Gallery, California

2013 – 2019    New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London

2017 – 2018    Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London

2017                    Honouring the Legacy of David Park, Santa Clara University, California

2017, 2014      Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries, London

2017                    A&I Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London

2015                    ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London, by invitation

2014, 2013      Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London

2014                    Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London

2013                    Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, King’s Place, London