James Longueville was born in 1942 near Chester. Following a career in journalism, he started to paint professionally in 1972, concentrating on the landscape around his South Cheshire studio. Working in oil, pastel and watercolour, his work is traditionally figurative, influenced by a long line of exponents in European landscape painting from Boudoin, Constable and the East Anglian School to Wilson Steer, Seago and others. He paints daily and travels throughout England, Ireland, France and Italy looking for new material.
James was elected a member of the Pastel Society in 1983 and the Royal Society of British Artists in 1989. He has twice won the Patterson Pastel Award at the Pastel Society & was awarded the John White Memorial Prize at Patterson's Venice in Peril Exhibition in 2010. James has exhibited regularly with the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of Oil Painters, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, the Pastel Society and many galleries at home and abroad. His work can be found in both private and public collections.