Born in 1973, Marcus James was raised in the West Country by artistic parents. Encouraged to study life drawing from an early age, he gradually developed his draughtmanship and artistic awareness. Marcus moved to London in 1993 and studied Illustration at Central Saint Martins.
He went on to receive an MA from the Royal College of Art, where he studied life drawing and anatomy in the morgue at University College Hospital. These studies formed the basis for an exhibition and book titled “The Anatomy Room, The Drawing Studio, and The Beach” for which he won the Sheila Robinson Prize for Drawing.
Marcus has drawn on these experiences to create a series of life drawings entitled ‘Mort’. The drawings are intended to intimidate the viewer by placing them in an imaginary arena of danger.