James Hyman is an art historian, art dealer and collector.
James received his doctorate from the Courtauld Institute (University of London) where he then taught in the Modern Department.
His book, The Battle for Realism. Figurative Art in Britain during the Cold War (Yale University Press, 2001) was shortlisted for the W. B. Berger Prize for studies in British Art History. His monograph Derrick Greaves. From Kitchen Sink to Shangri La was published by Lund Humphries in 2007. James is presently preparing a catalogue raisonné on the paintings of "School of London" artist, Michael Andrews. Other publications include essays on Francis Bacon, Tony Bevan, Henri Cartier Bresson, Lucian Freud, Philip Guston, Anselm Kiefer and Leon Kossoff. He has curated major international museum shows on Pablo Picasso and on Twentieth Century British Art, and lectures internationally on painting and photography.
James was Gallery Administrator of the Saatchi Collection (1989-1990); Director of Studies for Modern Art Studies at Christies Education (1994-1997); and Gallery Director of Helly Nahmad Gallery, London (1997-99). He opened James Hyman Gallery in 1999.
James has served as Treasurer on the Executive Board of AICA (The International Association of Art Critics, British Section); as a member of the Executive Committee of SLAD (The Society of London Art Dealers); and is Chairman of the Membership Committee and a board member of AIPAD (The Association of International Photography Art Dealers).
James has also served on the Advisory Boards of The London Art Fair and of 20/21. The British Art Fair and is on the Advisory Committee of Photo London.
James and his wife, Claire, are passionate collectors of photographs from the 1840s to the present. A selection from their collection of twentieth century Modernist works was the subject of a single-owner evening sale at Christies, New York, in 2007. He was a sponsor and judge for the National Media Museum Bursary Fund for Photography and is a Trustee of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation.
James is also a prominent supporter of British photography. In 2015 he and Claire, launched www.britishphotography.org as an education resource based on their private collection of British Photographs.