ATRBUTE Welcomes James Dawe, London-Based Photo Collage and Digital Manipulation Artist

ATRBUTE is thrilled to welcome the incredibly talented James Dawe to our roster! A master experimenter, James brings an eclectic postmodernist edge to the myriad ways he creates his imagery. We had a chance to speak to James about his process and inspiration — take a read through our Q&A below and be sure to check out his projects for a deep dive into his work. Welcome, James!


If you could describe your work in 3 words, what would those be?
Beautiful, Glorious, Chaos – (is what I’ve had my work described as in a magazine, so I’ve sort of adopted that, and also named a solo exhibition the same thing.) If I’ve got an option B and C, they would be: Mixed Media Mashup or Luxuriously Layered Futurescapes — I’ll let you decide!

Was there a defining moment when art turned from a pastime into your career?

When I worked on album cover art as my first paid commission interning at a small creative studio straight after University.

What's the first thing you do when you get a new client brief?

Read it and then read it again, before doing some initial research.

Early bird or a night owl?

Night owl. I sometimes get into my groove at night once everything has wound down.

How do you work past a creative block?

Usually I go for a walk to clear my head and grab a coffee (to get the kick of inspiration that comes with caffeine!), but occasionally I’ll force myself to produce something until it works!

How do you reward yourself when you finish a big project?

With a gin and tonic or a fancy lunch.

What's your absolute favorite piece of work you created in the past 12 months?

The large lightbox installation for Adidas’ flagship London Store.
[See project images below]

If you could give young James one piece of advice, what would that be?

Follow your passions and keep experimenting.