James Earley Shortlisted For The Prestigious Art Gemini Prize

James Earley’s painting of “Rahaman” which is part of his acclaimed series of work on “Bangladesh and Climate Change” has been shortlisted for the 2023 Art Gemini Prize. The Finalist exhibition will take place between the 20th and 28th September at The Zari Gallery in London.

Original hyperrealism oil painting by James Earley

James Earley paints Rahaman

I met Rahaman in the tiny and remote island of Madaripara in 2022 whilst I visited Bangladesh. I went to Bangladesh with the social purpose organisation Friendship who were trying to help those people in the most remote and isolated regions where mainstream support was almost impossible. Rahaman and his fellow villagers lived with the …

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James Earley paints Kabita

I met Kabita in the village of Ramia in the Southern coastal region of Bangladesh. This isolated and remote region was suffering with the growing consequences of climate change. Cyclones and flooding were becoming increasingly regular and the people of Ramia had no where else to go so they had no choice but to live …

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“Through The Eyes Of Friendship”

James’ first sole exhibition in Holland will see his series of work on “Bangladesh and Climate Change” go on display at The Circle Gallery in Amsterdam. The paintings were inspired by James’ trip to Bangladesh in May 2022 with all the proceeds going to the Social Purpose Organisation www. friendship.ngo

original photorealism portrait by James Earley

Rahima by James Earley

It was May 8th 2022, my first day visiting the islands in Northern Bangladesh. We departed early from Balishi village travelling up the Brahmaputra river to the island of Aorai Bari. The Brahmaputra river was vast with hundreds of small islands scattered along the river. The beauty was breathtaking yet also a mask as this …

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Nurjamal by James Earley

My visit to the tiny island of Madaripara on May 10th gave me a great insight into the unique partnership of Friendship and the local community. These islands are so isolated that the villagers have very few ways of selling their produce and gaining an income, they have no access to banks and government funding. …

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Abdul by James Earley

My visit to Madaripara Char was a fantastic experience as it enabled me to see the scale of help Friendship was providing to the community and how the community was using this help in an effective and imaginative way. Madaripara is a remote and isolated island in Northern Bangladesh and like all the other islands …

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Bonhams Auction House

James is honoured and privileged that his paintings of Kaud and Tawhid will be part of Bonhams of London Modern and Contemporary South East Asian Sale. The auction will take place at Bonhams in London on the 22nd November 2022. All the proceeds will go to www.friendship.ngo

Solo Exhibition at The Sinclair Gallery

James will be showing his Bangladesh series of work at The Sinclair Gallery in Rickmansworth between the 18th November to the 3rd December. All the sale proceeds of the exhibition will go to the Social Purpose Organisation www.friendship.ngo

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My visit to Nakna village was an incredibly interesting and inspirational experience. This village being on the south coast of Bangladesh was on the front line for climate change disasters. Flooding and cyclones were becoming more and more frequent and the community together with Friendship were doing all they could to try and improve the …

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Yasin by James Earley

I met Yasin Ali on the remote and isolated island of Adorshogram Char. Yasin is 66 and like many of the elderly residents of these islands he had suffered with cataracts. Previously it was extremely difficult to have this condition treated because it was such a long and difficult process to get to a hospital …

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Fatima hyperrealism oil on canvas by James Earley


The 11th May was a busy day for me. I was to visit three islands Porar Char, Vatiburail Char and finally Nawshila Char. It was in the last island of the day Nawshila Char that I visited a school that had been built by the community and Friendship. The islands in Northern Bangladesh were so …

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original photorealism oil painting by James Earley


I remember seeing a video of Tawhid and being magnetised by his smile and his enthusiasm as he took his first steps. He was surrounded by his friends and family who seemed mezmerised by each small step and I could sense their pride for this brave little boy. Born with cerebral palsy, 13-year-old Tawhid developed …

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James Earley paints Shapna

It was 10th May 2022 and I was looking forward to visit one of Friendship’s floating hospitals. In its work in remote regions that are deprived of even the most basic of services, Friendship’s first priority was saving lives and from its very beginning Friendship created an innovative solution- a floating hospital. Friendship’s aim is …

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James Earley paints Jakir

It was May 11th 2022 and my first visit on this hot and sunny day was Porar Char. Porar Char is an island of approximately 950 people and and is one of many islands in the Brahmaputra river in northern Bangladesh. This island like all the other islands in this region had seen ever increasing …

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