Using the process of drawing, James Johns documents the urban environment, in particular architecture. Through intricate and meticulous mark-making, high amounts of accurate detail is achieved. This attention to detail is an appreciation to the architect and craftsmanship involved in construction. Removed from the street context, the drawings are intentionally surrounded by space, giving the architectural subject deserved focus and attention. The buildings are selected are not only on the physical appearance, but also on the supporting narrative behind its facade and the transformation in the buildings function and use. 


Selected group exhibitions:


'And the rest is rust and star dust', Hoxton Arches Gallery, London, 2013

A real transformation is transparent', C.A.S.E Gallery, Farnham, 2013

'Help! Savages! (a fit of the vapours), Oxford House Gallery, Bethnal Green London 2014

'Probably not', George's House Gallery (Strange Cargo), Folkestone, 2014

'Material Process', Linear Gallery, Farnham, 2015

'Graduation Show', UCA, Farnham, 2015

'SUDA', Hotel Elephant, Newington Causeway, London, 2015

'Salad Days', Farnham Maltings, Surrey 2015

'Float Art 2015', Bargehouse OXO tower Wharf, London, 2015

'FBA (Federation British Artists) Futures' 2016, Mall Galleries, London, 2016

*Touring* FBA (Federation British Artists) Futures 2016, Beverley Art Gallery, East Riding of Yorkshire, 2016

'Creative Debuts', Bond & Dickinson, Newcastle, 2017

'To Be Beside' Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, 2017

'Resort', Pie Factory, Margate, 2017




Foundation Diploma; Fine Art – Distinction -University for the Creative Arts Canterbury, 2011-2012

Ba (Hons) Fine Art - University for the Creative Arts, Farnham 2012-2015




Float Art 2015 Shortlisted + Finalist

FBA (Federation British Artists) Futures 2016 Shortlisted + Finalist


BASED AT Resort Studios:


Pettman Building 

50 Athelstan Road 

Cliftonville, Margate 

Kent, CT9 2BH