James Beale studied in Gloucestershire and at Chelsea School of Art between 1968 and 1973. He was then awarded a Fellowship in painting at Cheltenham School of Art.
He was Head of the Printmaking Department at the University of Gloucestershire, retiring into 2006 to concentrate on his own work.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and a Royal West of England Academician.
Awards include the Outstanding Printmaking (Windsor and Newton) at the R.E. and the Taylor Brothers Printmaking Award - R.W.A.
'I work in my own studio in Gloucestershire which is fully equipped for printmaking and has areas for drawing and painting. The mediums I concentrate on are etching, collograph and unique monoprints; these unique prints involve collage and chin collé. Landscape and architecture are starting points for my imagery. I collect information through drawing, photography and written notes.'