James P. Simon belongs to the Wiradjuri - Biripi people. James was born in Wellington, near Dubbo NSW and grew up around
Newtown and Redfern in Sydney, where he has seen many changes over the last fifty years.
James has painted all his life. In 1987 he was awarded a grant from the Aboriginal Arts Council to support his art. Although
he completed a six-month art course, James is largely a self-taught artist who has continued to develop his own distinctive style and who now paints mostly in oils. His favourite artists are
Picasso, Tom Roberts, Salvador Dali and Albert Namatjira.
James has an impressive resume which includes an extensive list of group and solo exhibitions, commissions and publications.
His work is found in many collections, both in Australia and overseas.