James Jarvis graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1995. Since then he has embarked on a busy career creating numerous characters and fantasy worlds for commercial advertising and magazine editorial. He has worked for large international clients such as Sony, Nokia and Parco and contributed to a number of international style publications including The Face, Nova and Relax. He has also contributed to a number of art book projects and had a collection of his sketches published by Relax Magazine in Japan. Jarvis has shown his work at various exhibitions worldwide including prestigious stand-alone shows at the Parco galleries in Tokyo, Nagoya and Hiroshima (during 2000 and 2001). In conjunction with these exhibitions he released two solo comic books detailing his World of Pain concept. These were also accompanied by Lars and The Policeman, two collectible 20cm plastic figures which have since become cult items. Indeed, Jarvis is perhaps best known for his plastic creations which have helped shape the infant, but growing world of designer toys and collectible figures. He is responsible for a large cast of almost 100 characters, now forever immortalised in plastic. Having previously designed figures for Silas and Maria, and Sony's Time Capsule vending machine project, he co-founded Amos Novelties Limited which is now the exclusive base for all of his toy figure work.
Designed Toy Releases
For Amos Toys:
- King Ken
- In Crowd
Toy Series Participation
These are toys that James has lent his design skills to.
- Hello Kitty x James Jarvis, 2010
- Bearbrick - 400% SILAS, 2008
- Kubrick - World of Pain Kubrick Set
- Kubrick - Martin, Black
- Kubrick - Martin, Orange
- Kubrick - Martin, Yellow
- Kubrick - Martin, Blue
- Kubrick - Martin, Tattoo (Chase Figure)
- Bearbrick - 100% Amos, Series 9, 2004
These are one-off pieces by James.
- Action Man Custom for Action Man 40 40, 2006
In Crowd: Zombies
In Crowd: Forever Sensible Motorcycle Club
In Crowd: Ages of Metal
In Crowd: House of Horror
In Crowd: In-Crowd Wrestling Federation