James Beale was born in Maidstone in 1948. He studied painting and printmaking at Gloucestershire College of Art & Design and Chelsea School of Art. He was a Senior Lecturer and Head of Printmaking in the Fine Art course at the University of Gloucestershire. James is a fellow of The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and a Royal West of England Academician. He exhibits regularly in the UK and has work in public and private collections in the UK and abroad.