Welsh artist and illustrator James Iles is noted for his work as an abstract industrial landscape painter and storyboard artist for film and television. As storyboard artist, he has illustrated  British television series such as Sherlock and Doctor Who. He is currently storyboarding the gothic feature film The Crow, at Pinewood Studios Wales. His paintings are included in private and public collections in the UK, Finland, USA, France and Spain.

James's paintings are the result of a three stage process of observation, expression, and reduction. They are a reaction to life in the city and an attempt to capture and control the energy, movement and growth of populated and industrial areas, and the machinery that shapes our immediate surroundings. From energetic pen and ink studies, to expressive and aggressive mixed media paintings,James finally arrives at highly reduced and stylised works, using flat colours and clean, bold outlines to celebrate the subject matter.

He lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.

Selected Shows


" Rock Bars, Restrooms and Rogues". Konst Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.


"In Transit". Factory Street Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.


"Red Hot Machines". Konst Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.


"Pen and Ink". Konst Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.


"Meetings".Galleria Kajaste, Helsinki,Finland.

"Big Toys".Galleria Saima, Helsinki, Finland.
The Grand Theatre Arts Wing, Swansea, Wales.
 The Nick Holly Gallery,Maritime Quarter, Swansea, Wales.
Mannerheimintie 22-24,Helsinki, Finland.
 The Nick Holly Gallery, Swansea, Wales.
 The Russell Gallery, Putney, London.
 Siltanen, Helsinki, Finland
 The Nick Holly Gallery, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, Wales.
 "Coast and Industry". Arts Wing, Swansea Grand Theatre, Wales.
"Helsinki:New Views".International Cultural Centre, Helsinki, Finland
The White Room, Swansea, Wales.
 The Junction Gallery, Swansea, Wales.
 Pontardawe Arts Centre, Wales.
The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, Wales.
 Arts Wing, Swansea Grand Theatre, Wales.
Mambo, The Kingsway, Swansea, Wales.
Grand Theatre, Swansea, Wales.
"New Illustrators"Exhibition and Conference Centre, London.


BA Illustration. Swansea Metropolitan University.

James is currently represented by the following galleries:

Art Clipper, Helsinki

Galleria Kajaste, Helsinki


email: j_w_iles@hotmail.com

phone: U.K. +44(0)7807750442

Finland +358504066395