James Cahill studied at the Crawford College of Art, Cork and Putney School of Art, London. He lived and worked as an artist in London and Amsterdam before returning to Cork to take up a three year post as resident artist in the Cork Public Museum.
In 1989 he moved to Dublin and now works from his studio in Temple Bar. He has participated in exhibitions across Ireland and Northern Ireland and his work is in both private and public collections.
Recently Cahill was awarded the Silver Medal for best work by non-member by the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, for his painting Interior.