About the Author
James Kelso ran a London advertising creative consultancy - two men and a blank layout pad - for many years. He was the copywriting part of the sketch and thrived during that short-lived period before, as the Times put it, 'advertising fell out of love with words'. In this more-or-less freelance capacity he worked for many major advertising agencies and some of the world's leading brands. Armed with an HB pencil and pocket sharpener he worked on projects in Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany and Sweden. He eventually became the ex-Design & Art Directors Association member of whom six subsequent D&AD Presidents said: ''who?''His book, 'The Rising Son' has nothing to do with his advertising career. Well, hardly anything.As well as writing, he also works as a painter. He paints industrial architecture, townscapes, landscapes, portraits and still life. Many pictures are based on London buildings, most of which have since been demolished - not as direct result of being depicted. His interest in industrial architecture stems from the fact that he used to paint outdoors, in front of the scene itself. One of the few places you can do this undisturbed is on derelict industrial wasteland. He uses acrylics on gesso panels as well as dry-brush watercolour and pencil on board and paper. He has exhibited in galleries throughout Britain and also in America. He has regularly shown at The Royal Academy and at other London venues including The Royal Festival Hall and The London Stock Exchange. His paintings are in private collections in Britain, America, Australia and Sweden and prints have been sold worldwide. His book, 'The Rising Son' has nothing to do with his painting career. Well, hardly anything. He is married with two children and lives in Oxfordshire.