Terrell James (b. 1955, Houston) is an abstract painter who exhibits nationally and internationally. She produces both intimate canvasses and vigorous mural-scale works in oil. James’ works on paper include drawings, etchings, lithographs, monoprints, and monotypes. She has produced small-scale sculptures in bronze and clay; large flat sculptures in patinated steel; and impermanent, site-specific installations in Houston, Berlin, at the Great Wall of China, and in Song Zhuang Artist Village (Beijing).

James has been included in over two hundred group shows, and completed over fifty solo exhibitions in galleries, artist-run spaces, and museums. 

She is represented by Josh Pazda Hiram Butler Gallery in Houston, Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, Froelick Gallery in Portland, Cadogan Contemporary in London, and Jason McCoy Gallery in New York. Her work is included in many museum collections, including: the Boston Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Her paintings are interpretations of landscapes, internal and external. James has continuously sought unfamiliar environments in which to paint, producing works in place that attend to an area’s specific local light, color, tone, and history, and allowing the disruption and new material to change ongoing work in her home studio in Houston, Texas. She has maintained temporary studio spaces in Mexico, North Carolina, New York, Montauk, Marfa, and Berlin.