James Joslin (b.1987) is an artist, composer and publisher based in the United Kingdom.
James began painting after visiting his paternal grandmother’s birthplace in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, for the first time in 2018. Inspired by history of a cafe that had been frequented by cloth dyers since 1542, the resultant abstract work, Blaauwe Hand, formed an important step in James moving from aural to visual art. Since then, he has explored and experimented in collage and other mediums before concentrating on painting with oils at the end of 2020.
He studied music under Simon Emmerson at De Montfort University where he was a member and contributor of John Richards’ Dirty Electronics Ensemble, performing concerts in the UK with several notable collaborators including Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle), Keith Rowe (AMM) and Anna Meredith.
Frequently working with performers such as Margaret Leng Tan, a leading exponent of John Cage’s music, James’ compositions have been performed internationally, with notable appearances at Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Singapore International Festival of Art, Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico and Gaudeamus Muziekweek.
He received funding from the Daphne Oram Trust to attend Dartington International Summer School in 2012 and in the same year was commended by the Toby Moores Creative Thinking Awards for his innovative approach to sculpture in his sound installation Clockwork Études 1-8.
James is the founder of Round Revue, a music publishing house making available rare works including new English translations of Erik Satie’s The Ruse of Medusa, Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi (with music by Claude Terrasse) and - coming soon - Elena Guro’s Autumn Dream (music by Mikhail Matyushin).
James Joslin © 2021