James Eddy is a sculptor and land artist, born in 1975. He currently lives and works in Truro, Cornwall. His works are leaps of faith, expressed with an organic and rough simplicity. Eddy is intrigued by the Japanese aesthetic theory of wabi-sabi, especially the concepts of impermanence and change, both in nature and human life, and the ambiguous way in which these subjects are often expressed.
An avid painter at school in Redruth, he continued with art studies whilst at school in Scotland. Eddy’s love of nature and the outdoors led him to study Environmental Science at university. In 1998, he volunteered as an artist-maker for Kneehigh theatre and this experience with a community arts project inspired him to become a practicing visual artist.
After graduating, Eddy had his first exhibition in Falmouth in November 2000. He has since enjoyed a broad and varied career as an artist. His experiences range from exhibiting in galleries nationally and in Europe and producing both public and private commissions. Eddy has also delivered community arts projects and environmental workshops as wells as working as an artist in education for twelve years.
In 2004, Eddy worked with leading African artist El Anatsui, as project manager and assistant artist at the Eden Project, producing the Gateway to Africa, sculpture commission. Also, in 2010, he was invited to be artist in residence at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, creating the ‘Growth & Decay’ charcoal sculpture. Currently Eddy is focusing on his studio practice and commissions, as well as developing future projects and exhibitions.