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David James

Sutton, Quebec J0E 2K0, Canada
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  • 2019: Distinguished Alumni Award, Trent University, Peterborough Ontario, Canada for "his inspiring creativity and achievements as a sculptor"
  • 2015: Juror for the Royal Bank of Canada Award for Glass
  • 2011: Canada's Department of Heritage designates his sculptures as 'OSNI' - of Outstanding Significance and National Importance 
  • 2010: Juror for the Royal Bank of Canada Award for Glass                
  • 2008: People's Choice Award for granite sculptures 'Portal' and 'Heaven & Earth', at exhibtion 'Nature and Creation', Le Domaine des Côtes d'Ardoise winery, Dunham, Québec, Canada.
  • 2004: Museum of Arts & Design Award, New York City – 32nd International Glass Invitational - The Awards Exhibition, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S.A.
  • 2004: Aide aux artisans et aux entreprises en demarrage, SODEC, Québec, Canada
  • 2003: Honourable mention – professional sculptor category, Expo-Concours, La Prairie, Quebec, Canada
  • 2003 to date: Juror for glass sector awards for the Council of Arts and Letters of Quebec, Canada.
  • 2001: 1st prize – professional sculptor category, Expo-Concours, La Prairie, Quebec, Canada.



  • Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal - Anna and Joe Mendel Collection, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
  • Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
  • Banque Mirabaud, Montreal, Québec. Canada.
  • Lorenzo Fertitta Collection, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
  • Northwater Capital Management, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Orkin Collection,  Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
  • Sutar/Lai Collection, Hong Kong, China.
  • Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.


  • 2019: 'Avant-garde Montrealers', Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
  • 2017: 'Luminosité et opacité : les sculptures de David James', solo exhibition of cast glass and granite works, Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke QC, Canada.
  • 2013: Collect: International Art Show for Contemporary Objects, London, England.
  • The Last Glass Show (the NEXT Glass show), Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. 
  • 2012: Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
  • 2011: Art Greenwich, Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.A.
  • The Art of Collecting, Flint institute of Art, Flint, Michigan, USA.
  • 2010-12: Hastings House Sculpture Garden, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. 
  • 2010: The Great Glass Exhibition, Plateaux Gallery at Thomas Goode & Co. Mayfair, London, England.
  • Glass Factor: Luminaries in the Canadian Art Scene, Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2009: Solo exhibition, gallery Studio Georgeville, Georgeville, Québec
  • 2008-2009: 'Nature and Creation', Sculpture garden at Le Domaine des Côtes d'Ardoise winery, Dunham, Québec, Canada
  • 2008: 'Spotlight on the Eastern Townships', Stewart Hall Gallery, Pointe-Claire, Qc., Canada
  • 2007: ‘Celebrate Craft’, National juried exhibition. Gallery of the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador, St.John’s, NL. Canada.
  • 'Ontario Craft '07', juried exhibition, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, Ont. Canada.
  • ‘11th Annual Canadian Glass Show’, invitational, West End Gallery, Victoria, B.C. 5th year
  • ‘It’s A Beauty II’, Greater Toronto Airport Authority & Ontario Crafts Council, Pearson Airport, Toronto, Ont. Canada.
  • 2006: ‘Glass Now’, Liberty Museum, Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. USA. 2nd year
  • International Invitational, Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, Florida. USA
  • 2005: Glass Weekend, Creative Glass Center of America, Wheaton Village, N.J.USA
  • 2004: ‘32nd Annual International Glass Invitational Exhibition’, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI.
  • USA ‘North of the Border’, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan. USA
  • “Infiniment bleu’, Musée de la civilization, Quebec City, Quebec. Canada:
  • Inaugural National Juried Emerging Glass Artists Exhibition, Material Matters, Toronto, Ont. Canada.
  • 2003: ‘The Glass Vessel: International Invitational’, Kentucky Museum of Arts & Design, Louisville, Kentucky. U.S.A.
  • ‘Craft in the Making II’, juried exhibition, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, Ontario. Canada
  • ‘Design: Glass and Wood’, Galerie Elena Lee, Montreal, Quebec.Canada.
  • ‘Best of Canadian Glass 2003’, invitational, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Ont. Canada
  • 2002: ‘Jubilation’, Solo exhibition, Galerie Espace 418, Montreal, Qc., Canada
  • ‘Fusion: Contemporary art glass in Quebec’, Stewart Hall Gallery, Pointe-Claire, Québec, Canada.
  • 2001: Expo-Concours de La Prairie, La Prairie, Quebec. Canada.
  • 2000: Invitational exhibition, espace VERRE / Centre des métiers du verre du Québec, Montreal, Quebec. Canada
  • 1999: Annual exhibition of sculpture and photography at the Salmagundi Club, New York City. The first glass artist invited to exhibit at the oldest art club in the United States.
  • U.S.A. Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, Florida.
  • PISMO Gallery, Aspen, Colorado.
  • Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Canada. 
  • Mad Dog Gallery, Picton, Ontario.
  • Galerie Elena Lee, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
  • United Kingdom.  Plateaux Gallery, Thomas Goode & Co., Mayfair, London.

MEDIA – citations: selected

  • 2011: Best of Worldwide Glass Artists Vol. 1. Kennedy Publishing, Williamsburg, Virginia. U.S.A.
  • 'Giant Sculpture Arrives at Trent', Peterborough Examiner, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
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  • 'Full Transparency', Art & Antiques, Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.A.
  • 'Faire la lumière sur David James', La Voix de l'Est, Granby, Québec, Canada.
  •  2010: Studio Glass: Anna and Joe Mendel Collection. Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal, Québec. Canada.
  • David James: de Sutton à Londres. La Presse, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
  • 2008: 'Heaven and Earth found in sculpture garden', Brome County News, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada.
  • 2007: Multifaith Action Committee calendar for 2008, image of ‘Heaven & Earth’. Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
  • 2006: 500 Glass Objects. Two sculptures selected for this juried book. Lark Books, Asheville, N.C., U.S.A.
  • 2005: Contemporary Glass Art of the World, Professor Wang Jianzhong, Hebei Fine Arts Publishing House, Hebei, China. Eight sculptures selected for this compendium. 
  • 2004: "David James – A Voyage to Glass”, Ontario Craft, cover page image and artist profile in the publication of the Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, Canada. 
  • 2002: “The Worlds Within Him / Les mondes intérieurs de David James’’, Artist profile of artist with photos in the Canadian magazine, Plaisirs de vivre.

MEDIA – authored articles: selected:

  • 2013: "Canadees glas: spanning tussen kunst, design en ambacht doorbroken", Fjoezzz, The Netherlands.
  • 2005: “Borek Sipek – Architect, Designer, Not Glass Artist”, This Side Up!, The Netherlands.
  • 2003: “Blackwood – the Aussie Casting Crystal”, This Side Up!, The Netherlands.
  • “Champions of Contemporary Glass – The Mendels of Montreal”, article contributed to book International Glass Art, by Richard Yelle. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
  • 2000: “Hands On With Czech Cast Glass”, the Gazette of Glass Art Association of Canada; reprinted in the newsletter of the U.K. Contemporary Glass Society, and glass magazine, This Side Up!, The Netherlands


  • Ontario Crafts Council.
  • Glass Art Association of Canada; past member of the board of directors
  • Glass Art Society, United States.
  • Regroupement des Artistes en Arts Visuels, Québec.
  • Arts Sutton Gallery, municipal gallery, Sutton, Québec. president 2005-2006.


  • 1994 -1997: England. Kilncast glass workshops, Colin Reid, Stroud.
  • 1995: Sweden. Glass blowing, cold work. National Glass School, Orrefors.
  • 1994: Germany. Bild-Werk Glass Institute – Introduction to hot and cold glass, Frauenau.
  • 1983 - 1997: Management consultant - McKinsey & Co.
  • 1983: Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.), York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1972 - 1981: Journalist/correspondent/producer – Canadian Broadcasting Corp. ; freelance contributor to the International Herald Tribune.
  • 1972: Graduate diploma in journalism, University of Western Ontario, London,Ontario,  Canada.
  • 1971: Bachelor of Arts, Political science and history, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.


Born in 1949 in Deep River, Ontario, Canada. After some 16 years of absence, David and his wife, Lili, returned to Montreal in 1996, following sojourns in London, Toronto, Seattle and Paris. David enjoys travelling, cycling, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, trekking, and photography.