David James


Canadian artist David James creates luminous sculptures cast in glass and bold exterior works carved in stone that often incorporate stainless steel. His sculptures have received international recognition and garnered a number of important awards. A cast glass work merited The Museum of Art and Design Award (formerly the Museum of Contemporary Craft, New York City) at an international invitational exhibition held by Habatat Galleries, Detroit. His large-scale granite sculptures received a Peoples Choice award at the largest sculpture garden in eastern Canada at le Domaine des Ctes dArdoise in Dunham, Qubec,.James was introduced to hot glass in the mid-1990s at a Bavarian arts camp run by the European glass pioneer, Irwin Eisch. The experience was so inspiring that he took a leave from management consulting in London, England and immersed himself in glass blowing at the prestigious Orrefors school in Sweden. Back in England, he studied and later worked with the renowned U.K. cast glass artist, Colin Reid. James returned to Canada in 1996 and left consulting the following year to open his first casting studio in St. Henri, Montreal.

Born in 1949 in Deep River, Ontario, David James has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and politics from Trent University, Peterborough, and a graduate diploma in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, London. He worked for CBC Radio for a decade, his last post as its Paris correspondent. In 1983, he graduated from the MBA program at York University in Toronto and then joined the management consultancy, McKinsey & Co.In 2004, he moved his studio to Sutton, south of Montreal in the spectacular Eastern Townships.


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