James Hyman is one of the leading specialists in twentieth century British art and photographs.
James received his PhD from the prestigious Courtauld Institute in London and his book, The Battle for Realism. Figurative Art in the Cold War (published by Yale University Press, 2001) was shortlisted for the W. B. Berger Prize for studies in British Art History. After his doctorate, James taught at the Courtauld Institute and worked for the Saatchi Collection, Christie's and Helly Nahmad Gallery, London. Building on this academic and commercial background, James opened his own gallery in 1999.
James Hyman Gallery aspires to deal in museum quality fine art and photographs of art historical significance. We regularly sell and loan to Museums and public collections across the world.
The gallery specialises in drawings, paintings, photographs and sculpture by international figures with an emphasis on modern British art, especially by the School of London. Exhibitions include represented gallery artists as well as solo exhibitions of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Pablo Picasso and Bridget Riley.
James is also a leading collector and dealer in vintage photographs from the 1840s to the present. A selection from his personal collection of vintage twentieth century photographs was the subject of a single-owner evening auction at Christies, New York, in 2007. The gallery's highest profile exhibition was devoted to the photographs of Linda McCartney and was co-curated by Paul McCartney and James Hyman.
The gallery also participates in art fairs across the world. Recent art fairs include Aipad Photo Show (New York), Frieze Masters (London) and Paris Photo (Paris).
In addition to exhibitions, art fairs and scholarship, James Hyman's core business is as an art advisor, supplying bespoke, expert advice to first time and experienced collectors.