James Longueville was born in Waverton, Chester in 1942. Following a career in journalism, James started to paint professionally in 1972, concentrating on the landscape around his South Cheshire studio.
Working in oil, pastel and watercolour, his work is traditionally figurative, influenced by a long line of exponents in European Landscape painting from Boudin, Constable and the East Anglian School to Wilson Steer, Seago and others. He learned much from the fine North country artist Angus Rands.
James has painted extensively in Ireland over the past decade and enjoys solo exhibitions in Dublin every other year. He regularly paints in France and has exhibited in many European countries. James paints in a traditional style and from the watery mists of a Norfolk landscape to the afternoon sun bouncing off Venetian architecture, his work captures the scenes with sensitivity to light and mood.
James Longueville was elected a member of the Pastel Society in 1983 and the Royal Society of British Artists in 1989. He has twice won the Patterson Pastel Award at the Pastel Society & was awarded the John White Memorial Prize at Patterson's Venice in Peril Exhibition 2010. James has exhibited regularly with the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of Oil Painters, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, the Pastel Society and many galleries at home and abroad. His work can be found in both private and public collections.
James is frequently invited to write articles for painting magazines.