James Longueville was born in 1942 at Waverton, Chester. Originally pursuing a career in journalism, he turned to painting professionally in 1972. His first major subject was his native South Cheshire landscape and as his style developed throughout the decade, he also travelled and painted in Italy and Sardinia. Working in oil, pastel and watercolour James successfully captures the sense of luminosity and atmosphere of the Venetian canals, the sense of light, glory and hustle and bustle of the Thames and London’s City, the dramatic and rugged coastline of Wales, and the tranquility of Norfolk’s salt marshes.
His work hangs in public and private collections around the world. He has exhibited regularly in the Mall Galleries, London and with the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of Oil Painters, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and the Pastel Society of which he was elected a member in 1983. James has shown in the Royal Academy and his work now hangs by invitation in the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists collection, he was elected a full member of the RBSA in 1989.