About James Tovey


I am 46 years old and grew up in Bristol, UK with my first job working for a ship chandlery business in Portbury and Avonmouth Docks, I have been actively producing artwork, photographs and illustrations both professionally and for my own entertainment for most of my adult life. I have also successfully put together art projects for funding bids aimed primarly at social and cultural regeneration in and around Peterborough where I have mostly been based for the last 20 years.


A work accident in September 2017 left me bashed up and in recovery unable to do much physical, I took to ink drawings to take my mind off the injuries having seen an Inktober drawing on a friends social media post. The only drawback, I had to use the wrong hand being left handed, my left wrist was plated back together and for a time my hand was still unusable. Learning to draw with my right hand became a necessity and resulted in an exhibition of ink drawings in December 2017 encorouged by suggestions from friends after seeing the online image posts. My left wrist is still virtually immobile and no longer what it was but I have regained strength and use of my drawing abilities with my left hand and am now working on new drawings and paintings.

inktober2017 James Tovey 16s