A window art craze is spreading across the region — with many businesses and people’s homes being decorated in themed window art to stand out. With Halloween and Christmas coming soon, the surge in decorative windows is set to increase and a phantom window artist from Wirral has been revealed!
James Connolly, 29, is the owner of Signs By James and has given hundreds of windows a new look since he started his creative business in 2017. From themed window art for Halloween, Christmas, Easter or special occasions to decorative windows as a surprise or just for hell of it, James’ unique service has been a talking point throughout the region.
The talented local artist offers window art and murals to businesses and individuals — such is the calibre of his work, he has been commissioned by the likes of Subway to create masterpieces for them. With more and more of his work popping up and some high profile commissions, Wirral’s very own ‘Banksy’ isn’t as elusive as the legendary street artist.
James explained: “I was going about my work quietly and behind the scenes until I received loads of media attention earlier this year. I hit the news due to my story of being a talented artist who forgot his talent until I was asked to do a sign for a pub and forged a career in art by accident. Since then things have been pretty crazy.”
He continued: “I have been inundated with work and I’m about to enter the busiest time of the year — with many businesses preparing for Halloween and Christmas windows. The feedback has been amazing since I started doing this and more and more people are starting to realise that windows are the front of a business and therefore a great advertising opportunity.”
James started his business as a side hustle whilst doing his day job but eventually made Signs By James his full-time occupation after work of mouth and his media attention propelled him into the limelight. Now, thanks to his new found celebrity artist status, if you see some super cool window art or a mural somewhere you know who the creator might well be.
James summarised: “There are a small handful of us renegade artists around and I always liked the mystery of it all with people wondering who did them but the secret is well and truly out with me now! The crazy thing is the more I do the more demand I get — I’m now sometimes working every hour of daylight to complete them!”
James Connolly is the owner of Signs By James and offers commercial signs, window and mural designs. His hundreds of clients include Subway, The Good Hood, Zero Clucks, Dream Body gym, The Ship, Dogs Go, Raw 4 PAWS and The Fenwick Sunrise Hotel at The Slaughter House. James works on a free consultation and free quote basis.
Signs By James