Richard’s studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, and recent solo exhibitions include Requests and Antisongs, ICA London (2016) Crossing, with Leslie Thornton, Rodeo, London (2016) Crumb Mahogany Bergen Kunsthall, 2016; Radio At Night Museum of Contemporary Art Bordeaux, (2016); James Richards, Kunstverein München, Munich (2015); Raking Light, Cabinet, London (2014); The Screens, Rodeo, Istanbul (2013); and Chisenhale, London (2011).
Recent group exhibitions: British Art Show 8, touring exhibtion uk (2015/16), Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms, 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2015); Speculations On Anonymous Materials, Fridericianum, Kassel (2013); The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale (2013); Frozen Lakes, Artists Space, New York; and Nought to Sixty, ICA, London (2008).
Richards was a recipient of the 2014 Ars Viva Prize for young artists and received the 2012 Jarman award for film and video. In 2013-14 he was in residency with the DAAD Berlin and in 2014, Richards was nominated for the Tate’s Turner Prize.
He was selected to represent Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice 2017 with the exhibition Music for the Gift.