Born in 1970, Claerwen James painted during her undergraduate degree in Zoology at Oxford University, where she was taught by Richard Dawkins, and throughout her postgraduate study on the molecular biology of cancer at ICRF, University College London and Cold Spring Harbor in the US. She took a Ph.D but accepted that painting, not science, was really the focus of her creative life, and retrained at the Slade School of Fine Art, graduating from the painting department in 2003 with a first class degree and winning the Melvill Nettleship Prize for Figure Composition (previously held both by Gwen Ravarat and by Gwen John.) She has been represented by Flowers Gallery since 2004, having solo shows in London in 2006 and 2008 and in New York in 2010. Images of her work can be seen here and on the Flowers website. Her upcoming solo show opens on February 13th at Flowers Cork Street. She lives in Cambridge with the historian Jonathan Grove and their daughter.