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Lived/Active: United Kingdom      Known for: illustration and design-commercial art, abstract painting

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James Marsh is an illustrator and designer as well artist and author.  In 2003 the Independent Newspaper in England named him one of  "The Top Ten Leading British Illustrators".

His first job, after graduating with a National Diploma in Design, was working for Pie Records.  Then he moved to Decca Records, becoming Studio Manager before joining Alan Aldridge forming 'Ink Studios'.  There he collaborated on various projects including 'The Beatles illustrated lyrics' and Andy Warhol's 'Chelsea Girls' poster, which, in turn, were featured in 'The Design Museum' retrospective 2008-9.  This two year grounding became the basis for launching his own studio 'Head Office', co-founded with RCA graduate John Farman and lasting from 1968-76.  Then he moved on to a solo career.

His art has been used throughout the advertising, publishing and editorial industries including posters, packaging, books, graphic arts publications and magazine covers, including for Time, Omni, Radio Times, Observer, Hot Graphics, Communication Arts, Graphis and Novum.

Over the years Marsh has created covers for books by authors including Ray Bradbury, Lewis Carol, Salman Rushdie, Angela Carter, Carlos Castaneda, Erica Jong. William Trevor, Doris Lessing, John Banville, William Goldman, Howard Jacobson, Keith Waterhouse. Robert Nye, Chaucer,, Ross Macdonald, Idries Shah, Philip Norman, Shakespeare, Leonard Sciascia, Kurt Vonnegut, Byron and J G Ballard.

Since the '60's James has worked internationally for major companies including Air Canada, British Rail, British Airways, London Transport, National Express, Bull, B.P. Bata, TDK, IBM, Peugeot, Mitsubishi, General Motors, Courvoisier, The Royal Mail, Seattle Opera Co., EMI, Polydor, Sony, Imax, Time Inc., Times Newspapers, Penguin Books, Harper Collins and Random House.

He also produced album covers for Jamiroquai, Steeleye Span, Gerry Rafferty & Erazure, but he's best known for collaborating with the '80's band Talk Talk, producing all their iconic album covers & posters throughout their illustrious career.

He is a founder member of the Association of Illustrators and has lectured on his work in the U.S.A, Canada and the U.K.

James moved from London in 2002 to his "perfect working environment" on the UK's S. E. Kent Coast.  Constantly working, he's been creating personal abstract paintings, reliefs and prints, and since the mid '90's has also turned to fine-art. Of his career, he says: "I seem to have come full circle really, gravitating to my designer roots, although, I like to think of it as an ever expanding circle".

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