James first showed his work in a solo exhibition in the Parrish Art Museum when he was 27 years old, where he won the Juried Grand Prize for his artwork. He then had another solo show at the Parrish the following year. He has shown extensively on the East End, where he has gained immense acclaim for his inventive and articulate artistic practice. James' work has been featured in two group shows at Tripoli Gallery. He currently lives and works in Bridgehampton, New York.