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Sally graduated from Middlesex University in 1995 with a degree in Fine Art with Sociology. Having specialised in printmaking, she has since furthered her experience through study at Edinburgh printmakers and UWE printmaking department.

After a period in London, she returned to her home of North Pembrokeshire, where living, working and engaging with the coast continually influences colour, texture and subject. She uses printmaking, often not to produce multiples, but for the distinctive qualities that can be achieved.

Through a combination of print techniques, she explores strength and presence – contrasted with concepts of the ephemeral and disintegration. Natural and synthetic shapes, forms and textures are integrated in her work, and simulated by the exploration of materials. The physical process of making is as important as the finished work – scratching, gouging, cracking, tearing, melting and pouring become her language. Isolation and fragmentation are often inferred, along with the relentlessness of the elements. Her strong interest in geology is linked with the compression element necessary for printmaking. ‘Collections’ and the museum case are often an influence on composition or presentation.

Sally is a Senior Lecturer at Pembrokeshire College, teaching printmaking on Foundation and degree courses and has taken her mobile workshop all over the County sharing her enthusiasm for printmaking. She has exhibited in various printmaking shows throughout the UK and has held solo shows in Pembrokeshire.

Quercus Gallery exhibitions featuring Sally James:
LATE SUMMER SHOW: 29 August – 26 September 2015
CONTEMPORARY PRINTS: 4 October – 1 November 2014
GALLIVERSARY SUMMER SHOW 19 July – 23 August 2014