David James creates sculptures in cast glass and stone. What distinguishes his work is the juxtaposition of sensuous, smooth qualities with rugged textures and their clarity with opacity, both on the surface and as fascinating interiors that explore the fourth dimension unique to the material. "In creating my pieces, the primary focus is on form," says James. "Then I integrate light and color, texture and size to achieve a certain dynamic."
Using the lost wax process of kiln casting, James creates his original forms in clay, plaster, wax, and carved sand. He then produces marvelous works with rich colours of high lead crystal and the brilliant transparency of optical glass.
His works are in museums and have received awards at exhibitions in Canada and the United States.
James' articles have appeared in the GAAC Gazette and Studio magazine, Canada, Glass Focus, US; This Side up!, The Netherlands, the journal of the Contemporary Glass Society, U.K., and the book, International Glass Art. He is a past director of the Glass Art Association of Canada.
His studio, near Sutton, Quebec, overlooks the bucolic countryside of the Eastern Townships and beyond to the mountains of Vermont.
2008: Creates his first sculptures in stone with stonecarver Slavoljub Marjonivic, Deauville, Québec.
2004: Moves studio to Sutton, Québec
2001: Establishes kiln cast glass studio ‘David James Glass / Verre d’art’ in Montréal, Quebec.
1999: Assistant to Colin Reid in his kiln cast studio, Stroud, England.
Creates sculptures in casting studio in Pelechov, Czech Republic where the Czech masters cast their monumental sculptures
2008: People's Choice Award for granite sculptures 'Portal' and 'Heaven & Earth', in exhibition 'Nature and Creation', at Le Domaine des Côtes d'Ardoise winery, Dunham, Québec, Canada. Largest sculpture garden in eastern Canada.
2004: Museum of Arts & Design Award, New York City – 32nd International Glass Invitational - The Awards Exhibition, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S.A.
2003: Honourable mention – professional sculptor category, Expo-Concours, La Prairie, Quebec, Canada
2003 to date: Juror for glass sector awards for the Council of Arts and Letters of Quebec, Canada.
2001: 1st prize – professional sculptor category, Expo-Concours, La Prairie, Quebec, Canada.
MEDIA – citations: selected
2010: Best of Worldwide Glass Artists, Vol. 1. Kennedy Publishing, Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A.
2010: Studio Glass:Anna and Joe Mendel Collection. Musée des beaux arts, Montréal, Qué. Canada.
2008: ’Heaven & Earth Found in Sculpture Garden’, Brome County News, Lac Brome, Québec, Canada.
2007: Multifaith Action Committee 2008 calendar, image of ‘Heaven & Earth’. Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
2006: “500 Glass Objects. Two sculptures selected for this juried book. Lark Books, Asheville, N.C., U.S.A.
2005: Contemporary Glass Art of the World, Professor Wang Jianzhong, Hebei Fine Arts Publishing House, Hebei, China. Eight sculptures selected for this compendium.
2004: David James – A Voyage to Glass”, Ontario Craft, cover page image and artist profile in the publication of the Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, Canada.
2002: “The Worlds Within Him / Les mondes intérieurs de David James’’, Artist profile with photos in the Canadian magazine, Plaisirs de vivre.
Musée des Beaux Arts - Anna and Joe Mendel Collection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Banque Mirabaud, Montreal, Quebec. Canada.
Northwater Capital Management, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Orkin Collection, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Tata Collection, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
Sutar/Lai Collection, Hong Kong, China.
1994 -1997: England. Kiln cast glass workshops, Colin Reid, Stroud.
1972 - 1981: Journalist/correspondent – CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio - Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Paris; contributor to the International Herald Tribune.
1983: Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.), York University, Toronto, Canada.
1972: Graduate diploma in journalism, 1st place. University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.
1971: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political science and history, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada.
Born in 1949 in Deep River, Ontario, Canada. After some 16 years of absence, David and his wife, Lili, returned to Montreal in 1996, following sojourns in London, Toronto, Seattle and Paris. David enjoys travelling, cycling, cross-country skiing, trekking, and photography.