James has been featured in most leading graphic arts magazines and annuals, winning numerous awards both at home and abroad. Since the 1960`s he has worked internationally for many major companies including British Airways, London Transport, IBM, General Motors, EMI, Polydor, and Sony.
Over the years he has created cover art for books by authors such as Ray Bradbury, Salman Rushdie, Doris Lessing and J.G Ballard, and album artwork for artists such as Steeleye Span, Gerry Rafferty and Erasure. He is perhaps best known for collaborating with the seminal 80's band Talk Talk, producing all their iconic album covers and posters.
James is a founder member of the Association of Illustrators and has lectured on his work in USA and Canada. His paintings hang in public and private collections throughout the world, and in 2003 The Independent named him one of The Top Ten Leading British Illustrators.