James received his BFA in Visual Arts with a concentration in Painting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2011. His minor was Art History. He has exhibited his drawings and paintings in various venues throughout New York City, as well as exhibiting internationally for the first time in 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. The Huffington Post profiled James last year about his recent series of Queer illustrations. His work may be found in a variety of private and public collections, including a branch of the New York Public Library located in the West Village.
Currently James' work is centered on exploring and celebrating Queer activism, identity, expression, fashion and romance. It has been extremely important for him to create work that celebrates his community and speaks to who he is as a person and an artist. In addition to his own personal works, he has worked on commissioned portraits, promotional posters for nightlife entertainers, album covers and ad campaigns.