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. 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


The Old And The New. Group Show. The Attic Gallery, Swansea, Wales.


Sideshow. Group Show. Paja & Bureau, Helsinki, Finland.

Rock Bars, Restrooms and Rogues. Solo Show. Konst Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.


In Transit. Two Man Show. Factory Street Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.


Red Hot Machines. Solo Show. Konst Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.


Pen and Ink. Solo Show.  Konst Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.


Meetings. Group Show. Galleria Kajaste, Helsinki, Finland.

Big Toys. Solo Show. Galleria Saima, Helsinki, Finland.


The Grand Theatre Arts Wing. Solo Show. Swansea, Wales.
 The Nick Holly Gallery. Group Show. Swansea, Wales.


Mannerheimintie 22-24. Solo Show. Helsinki, Finland.
 The Nick Holly Gallery. Group Show. Swansea, Wales.
 Summer Show. The Russell Gallery. Group Show. Putney, London.
 Brick Bare. Solo Show. Siltanen, Helsinki, Finland
 Summer Show. The Nick Holly Gallery. Group Show. Swansea, Wales.
 Coast and Industry. Solo Show. Arts Wing, Swansea Grand Theatre, Wales.


Helsinki:New Views. Solo Show. International Cultural Centre, Helsinki, Finland


The White Room. Solo Show.  Swansea, Wales.
 The Junction Gallery. Group Show.  Swansea, Wales.
 Pontardawe Arts Centre. Group Show. Pontardawe, Wales.


The Dylan Thomas Centre. Solo Show.  Swansea, Wales.
Arts Wing, Swansea Grand Theatre. Solo Show. Swansea, Wales.


Mambo Cafe. Solo Show.  Swansea, Wales.


Grand Theatre Arts Wing. Solo Show. Swansea, Wales.


New Illustrators. Group Show. Exhibition and Conference Centre, London.



BA Illustration. Swansea Metropolitan University.


email: j_w_iles@hotmail.com

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

Finland +358504066395