James studied Fine Art (Painting) at Camberwell School of Art in London, graduating in 1988. Tutors and visiting artists included Ian McKeever RA, Anish Kapoor RA, Eileen Cooper RA, Dr Jonathan Miller and Bruce Maclean.
From an early age he had an interest in typography and letterforms and is an early adopter of technology to make images. He became a graphic designer in the early 1990s, working freelance at some of London’s top branding design agencies. He subsequently moved into web design and helped create one of the UK’s first web design agencies. He set up James Atkins Design in 1997.
Throughout this time he continued to paint and make artworks but rarely exhibited his work. In the last few years Fine Art has once more become his focus, with a particular interest in those boundaries of traditional painting, drawing and digital art.
James has work in private collections in Australia, France, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, USA, Singapore and the UK. He is currently based in Ariege, South West France.