BEHELD — an artist book by James W Murray

BEHELD —  an artist book by James W Murray

I am giving people the opportunity to preorder a copy of my book. Proceeds of sales will help me recoup the cost of printing.

We did it!

On 22nd Aug 2015 we successfully raised £305 with 13 supporters in 14 days

About the Project 

In September 2015 I will be self-publishing my first artist book Beheld to coincide with my Photography MA degree Show at the University of Brighton. 

I have set up this page to allow people to pre-order a copy of the book at a discounted rate of £20. Those who pre-order will also receive a free xerographic poster print. 


About the Book

Beheld combines photographs with documentation of my studio practice as well as text works and photomontages which have been developed over two years of post-graduate study.

The book is 44 pages, softbound, and issued in an edition of 100. Each copy includes an original drawing, 6 tipped in prints, and a sheet of 24k gold leaf—The gold leaf is part of an installation that will be displayed at my degree show. It also includes an essay about the work by Sean Padraic Birnie. Please scroll down to see images of the book.

Thank you for your support, I look forward to seeing you at the show!  

About the Artist

I am a multidisciplinary artist working across photography, sculpture and photo-archive research practices. My on-going project Beheld explores notions of the idealised body and its representation in art history, finding its starting point in the story of the Corinthian Maid as told by Pliny the Elder in the Natural History. Pliny's allegorical tale locates the origin of art in the trauma of romantic loss and opens up a number of ideas to do with touch, trace, surface and the mutability of the art object which inform the work. Underpinned by this conceptual framework is an on-going investigation into the materiality of the photographic image and its relationship to sculpture, with a range of processes and materials used to work through these ideas.

Please click here to see my work and read more about the project.











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