James Ort represents one half of the Wild Beasts - two young-ish male arts inspired by the animal kingdom who are coming together to put on their two-man show at the Phoenix Studio (23rd - 30th May)!
When not creating sculptures of animals, James manages the Phoenix Studio (www.phoenixstudio.co.uk/) - a thriving private art school which hosts a range of art courses, in a range of mediums.
James also teaches a range of sell-out sculpture courses from the studio in both wire and ceramic. He also teaches at West Dean College and gets involved in school and community-based art projects. He takes parts in various exhibitions each year.
In 2010 James Ort gave up his career in conservation to focus on his art. He moved from Brighton to the village of Towersey to manage the Phoenix Studio - a private art school set in rural Oxfordshire. It was in this creative environment that he discovered a love for sculpture and a natural aptitude for teaching.
Animals are James' primary subject matter which is the result of a lifelong fascination in wildlife and a former career. Using his knowledge of anatomy and form, he enjoys capturing the character of his wild subjects. He works in a range of mediums, most notably in clay, wire and sheet metal, combining the mediums wherever possible.
James has been heavily influenced by his Grandfather, Brian Price Thomas, who illustrated several of the Ladybird Children Books (including the Gingerbread Man).