Thoughts of Gulag is a solo exhibition by Singapore-based, British artist James Holdsworth. The show is supported by the United Nations Association (UNAS), and features 13 large oil paintings, together with charcoal & pastel drawings based on images taken from labour camps. Gulag is a term used to refer to the Soviet government agency that operated the forced labour and concentration camps during the communist era.


Artist Biography

James Holdsworth (b. 1954, London, UK)

Born in 1954, James Holdsworth is an artist who currently lives and works in Southeast Asia. He graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, with a degree in Fine Art, where he received the John Bell Simpson award and the John Christie award for painting. With a bursary from the Arts and Humanities Research Board London, he pursued his Masters in Fine Art from the University of Reading.

Holdsworth moved to Singapore in 2000. His works have been exhibited in galleries in the UK and Asia, including The Old School Main Gallery in Singapore, Studio Bibliotheque in Hong Kong and CREA8RS Gallery Bangsar in Kuala Lumpur.

An arts educator, he holds private art lessons at BLOCK43 Studio Gallery and has taught in institutions like Nanyang Technological University and LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts.


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Gulag on my mind – The Straits Times – 2010


Exhibitions – Timeout Magazine – 2010