James Cauty Artist Biography
James Cauty founded CNPD (Cautese Nationl Postal Disservice) in October 2005 and since then he has been working to bring the world the finest in iconic, iconoclastic and topical stamp art. This stamp art takes the form of real stamps, first day covers and limited edition prints. Through a series of cunning marketing ploys including small and inexpensive editions, and the untimely deletion of popular images (The Great Stamp Culls), a highly collectable art form has been established.James Cauty is a British artist and musician. As a 17 year old he painted a popular The Lord of the Rings poster for British retailer Athena, as well as the cover for the concept album The King of Elflands Daughter. Between 1981-2 he was the guitarist in a band called Angels 1-5, who recorded a Peel session on 1st July 1981. He is now best known as a leading innovator in the birth of the ambient house genre; and as the man who (along with former bandmate Bill Drummond) burnt one million pounds.Cauty was a founding member of wild pop groups The Orb, The JAMMS, The KLF and art do-gooders The K-Foundation. He has described the actions of the K Foundation as brit award buried at Stonehenge, bad crop circles and a wicker man and a major body of cash and a box of matches. These groups were followed by similarly bizarre activities with K2 Plant Hire Ltd and in 1997 Advanced Acoustic Armaments.In 2003 Cauty founded the Blacksmoke Organisation, an eco-friendly post-terrorist peacenik art collective. Here he produced the limited edition Black Smoke, Stamps of Mass Destruction print series which were the focus of huge media attention (featuring on the front page of the Times). These prints were eventually withdrawn after the Royal Mail threatened him with legal action, and have now become highly collectable as a result. He resigned his post at the Blacksmoke Organisation in 2005 to spend more time with his stamp collection.Since the start of the war Cauty has been producing work that draws on and responds to contemporary culture. In billboard and stamp projects Mickey Mouse was sent to Iraq in Operation Magic Kingdom whilst Julie Andrews danced across vast rubbish heaps and crushed cars were sold to second hand car dealers as art. In 2011, Cauty held a public exhibition entitled A Riot in a Jam Jar which consisted primarily of a series of scale dioramas depicting violent confrontations between British rioters and police, each contained within an inverted jam jar. His series included tiny versions of the London G20 protests in 2009 and the 2011 attack on the Rolls-Royce carrying Prince Charles and Camilla.