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James Unsworth

James Unsworth was born in Liverpool in 1979. Based in London, Unsworth studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art. After graduating he was a print fellow at the Royal Academy of Art. He has undertaken residencies in the UK, France and Czech Republic. His work has been included in Museum shows in the UK, Canada and USA. His first two books of drawings have been republished six times and he's had three cease and desist letters from VIACOM. His movies have had over 1000000 views on YouTube. Last year he received Arts Council England/British Council funding to research the origins of Girth and Mirth movements in the USA.
James Unsworth researches the history of popular print from its origins in the 15th Century to the comic books, pornography and ephemera of the 21st Century. He is especially interested in the grotesque (and other combinations of incongruous elements), carnivalesque, and inversion. He expresses these themes using images of fat/queer bodies. Mainly working across drawing, collage, costume making, photography and moving image, he uses these varying mediums to communicate the spirit of popular print. Humour and sexuality are important elements in his work which explores the grotesque life cycle of birth, sex and death. 
Unsworth has had solo exhibitions in Printes Matter, Inc. New York, Ditto Press in London, Südpol in Luzern, and Le Petit Mignon in Berlin. He participated in various group exhibitions in venues such as New Works at the Walker, the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, MOCCA (Museum of contemporary Canadian Art) in Toronto, and Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles.
His works can be found in public and private collections, including MoMA NY Library, The Walker Art Gallery, National Museum's Merseyside Collection in Liverpool, and The Royal College of Art Collection in London. 

2004-2006 Royal College of Art: MA Fine Art Printmaking
2000-2003 Winchester School of Art: BA Fine Art Printmaking

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Girth and Mirth, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by Leah Abir
N.S.F.L., Printed Matter, Inc. New York

Everybody Wants To Be Happy, Permanenta, Bogotá, Colombia
Everybody Wants to be Happy, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv
Dead, Newcastle Arts Centre, Newcastle
Dead Boys, Ditto Press, London
Shitheads/Ninja Turtle Sex Museum, Südpol, Luzern
Rich Shit/Poor Shit, Le Petit Mignon, Berlin
Impaled, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv
Ninja Turtle Sex Museum, Five Hundred Dollars, London
James Unsworth’s Sins, Evan Hughes Gallery, Sydney
I Love You Like A Murderer Loves Their Victims, Sartorial Contemporary Art, London
Let Me Watch You Fuck Your Wife, Goldsmiths University, London
Nightmares and Illuminations, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv
Bosch, Cite International des Artes, Paris

Selected Group Exhibitions 

A Lovers Discord, MOCA, London (GB)
Scouse House, Liverpool Pavilion, Warrington Bank Quay Station
A Lovers Discord, Kontor Projects, Copnhagen
A Union of Voices, Horatio Jr, London
Space Is Deep, Daniel Blau, London 
New Works at the Walker, the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
New Art from Britain, MOCCA, Toronto

Friday The Thirteenth, Hans Alf Gallery, Copenhagen
Savant, High Roller Society, London
The Future Can Wait: Polemically Small, Torrance Art Museum, LA 

Papyrophilia, CHARLIE SMITH, London
Manderley, John Jones Project Space, London
I am by Birth a Genevese, Forde-Usine, Geneva
New London School, Galerie Schuster, Berlin 
Let Me Rule, Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prague
The Future Can Wait 2008, Old Truman Brewery, London
My Giant Colouring Book/You Turn, Campbell Works, London
Daniel Johnston & James Unworth: It’s the End of the Show, Vegas Gallery, London
James Unsworth/Jonny Briggs, Vegas Gallery, London


2006 Tim Mara Award: Generation, Royal College of Art, London 
2006 Arches John Purcell Paper Award: The RE Student Elections 
2006 Awarded membership to The Royal Society of Painter Prinamakers 
2005 Joseph Webb A.R.E Commemorative Fund Award presented by The Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, awarded to an Outstanding Etcher under the age of 35


2015 Troy Town Art Pottery, London
2011-12 Print Fellowship, Royal Academy Schools, London
2008 Goldsmiths University, London
2005 Cite International des Artes, Paris
2003 Brno Technological University, Brno, Czech Republic



MoMA Library, New York

The Walker Art Gallery, National Museums, Liverpool
The Royal College of Art, London
The UBS Art Collection, London
Private collections internationally