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Professor Marty St.James

Nationality: United Kingdom

Year: 1990

Subject Area: Arts and Humanities

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Marty St.James works in Performance Art, Video and Installation Art. A major exponent of the Video portrait his video portraits include the 11-channel work, 'The Swimmer' and two others commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in London. He has undertaken several residencies including: Kunstakademiet, Tronheim, Norway (1993); 101 Gallery Ottawa, Canada (1991); Banff Centre For The Arts Canada (1999)and has shown in major venues across the UK and internationally.

St.James has represented the UK in British Council shows including Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo (1998) and Contemporary Art Museum, Nagoya (1995). The National Portrait Gallery selected his video Boy/Girl Diptych to represent the year 2000 in its recent exhibition of Portrait Masterpieces of the Twentieth Century,including Picasso, Warhol, Freud, Bacon etc.
In 2001, he had solo shows in London, Russia and Germany. More recently his solo exhibitions have been in New York, Somewhere or In Between (2005) and The Invisible Man (2007) at the Chelsea Art Museum. He is currently the Professor of Fine Art at the University of Hertfordshire.

The initial project, for which I received Wingate funding, was for the artworks, 'Video Portraits' as objects and multi-monitorinstallation. I think the great value of the Scholarship was that it allowed me to focus on the research and development of the Video Portraits and then further expand the concept to another scale.


Photograph: The Video Portrait, 'The Swimmer' (collection National Portrait Gallery).