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 shown exhibitions. His work is in both private and public collections and in 1998 he was a selectors choice in The Discerning Eye Exhibition, London.