Today, James is regarded as one of Scotland's leading contemporary painters, uncompromising in his standard of work and always individual in both thought and practice. He is famed for his powerful style of skilled fluid brushwork, strong colour and broad palette. Working in both oil and acrylic, his subject matter is varied and includes still-life, and his much renowned en-plein air landscape and harbour paintings. James is also a skilled portrait painter.
Born in Glasgow, James Fullarton studied at the the Glasgow School of Art under Donaldson, Goudie and Shanks. Since gaining his Diploma in Drawing and Painting in 1969, he has worked full-time as a professional painter based in Ayrshire. He is a regular exhibitor with the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts and has exhibited with the Royal Scottish Academy and lectured for the Scottish Arts Council. He has also won several prizes throughout his career including the David Cargill Award and the Britoil Award.
Vibrant colour, bold compositions and expressive handling of thick impasto paint are typical features of this prolific artist. Working directly from the subject matter, James draws inspiration from the ever-changing light and its effects on everyday objects, allowing him to develop his ideas quickly on canvas. With prominant large brushtrokes and a brilliant eye for colour he could quite easily be desribed as a modern day Colourist. Works can vary from small studies, rapidly executed in a spontaneous manner, to very large landscape paintings or dramatic still lifes.
James has enjoyed a long and successful career with many solo shows. His work is sold in a number of galleries across Scotland and England and has been acquired for many public and corporate collections including;
Adam and Company
Arnold Clark Organisation
The Bank of Scotland
Greenock Art Gallery
Lillie Art Gallery (Milngavie)
Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden
Macfarlane Group Plc
Maclaurin Gallery (Ayr)
Northern Corporate Bank
Proctor and Gamble
Robert Fleming Holdings Ltd
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
Scottish Power Plc
Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
The Earl of Wemyss and March
The Indian Empress (Yacht)
and many private and celebrity collections worldwide.