NEW WEBSITE IN THE WORKS: Major update to this site to be launched this summer. This site hasn't been updated in about 4 years. Some new projects listed below. Much more in the works.
Thanks for stopping by. - JM

James Mejia: Toronto based artist and designer. Co-Founder and Art Director of Hand Drawn Dracula. 2001-2007 art & design contributor and co-director for the Dependent Music Collective, which launched the careers of Holy Fuck, Land of Talk, and Wintersleep. A graduate of Political Science, Visual Studies and Art History from The University of Toronto.

Past projects have included: Art Department illustrator for Universal Pictures' The Perfect Man starring Hilary Duff. Designer for many diverse independent and major label artists including Feist, Great Big Sea, Bruce Cockburn, Ron Sexsmith, By Divine Right, Greg Keelor, Pilot Speed, Great Lake Swimmers, Holy Fuck, and Wintersleep.

Completed Projects:
Six Shooter Records (web design)
Interstellar Rodeo (web design + poster)
Dusted (web + package design)
Modern Superstions (package design)
National Parks Project (package design)
Hand Drawn Dracula (web design)
Corey Hart (web design)
Bruce Peninsula (package design)
Hawksley Workman MEAT, MILK (web + package design)
Rebekah Higgs (web + package design)
Oh Susanna (web design)
Bishop Morocco 'Our Time' (video)
Little Girls 'White Night' & 'Daydream' (video)
Josh Reichmann / Dopes 'Wildly Waiting' (video)
Holy Fuck LATIN (web + package design)
Basia Bulat Heart of My Own (website)
Luke Doucet Steel City Trawler (website)
Justin Rutledge The Early Widows (website)
The Swallows Demystified (package design)
+ more

Awards and Nominations:
2011 JUNO Award Nomination for Package Design Of The Year (By Divine Right 'Mutant Message')
2007 7th Annual REELWORLD Film Festival Award Winner for Best Music Video (Wintersleep 'Jaws of Life')
2006 JUNO Award Nomination for Package Design Of The Year (Wintersleep 'Untitled') art | music | design | projects

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This is the vinyl version and the European CD artwork for Wintersleep's Welcome to the Night Sky, which earned them a nomination for Alternative Album of the Year and the award for Best New Group at the 2008 JUNO Awards. The artwork is collaborative with Melissa Kearney & Paul Murphy. -

I was happy to work with Paperbag Records for the Winter Gloves' debut release, About a Girl. I have been a fan of Charles' song writing for a few years now... I designed the CD, t-shirts, and the soon to be published myspace & website. -

I had the honour to design Fortune's Favour CD, vinyl, posters, stage back-drop & t-shirt for Canadian icons Great Big Sea. -

I designed Crimes CD artwork for These United States. "melodic and amusing ideas to the post-Fugazi landscape - protesting heartless romantic antics." the village voice -

I did the photography and design for Holy Fuck's 7" & 12" vinyl for Lovely Allen - available through Young Turks/XL Records & The Beggars Group USA. -

I designed the artwork for Great Lake Swimmers' 2007 Your Rocky Spine UK single released on Nettwerk Records.The CD single features live performances and a Scott Cudmore music video. In addition, I designed the posters, ads & the GLS website. -

I designed the artwork for Holy Fuck's LP on CD and Vinyl. This included all artwork, photography, layout & design. In addition I designed the posters, band photos, myspace & website. -

I designed the artwork for Great Lake Swimmers's Ongiara CD and Vinyl. Released worlwide on Nettwerk and on vinyl by Weewerk, Ongiara is a haunting and beautiful record that features special guest appearances by singer-songwriter Serena Ryder, Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo), Sarah Harmer and Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy, Arcade Fire)

Wintersleep : Jaws of Life (Music Video)
Directed by Sean Wainsteim w/ James Mejia
Sean Wainsteim, producer/editor | 235 Films, production co.

The 7th Annual Reelworld Film Festival Award for Music Video
The 2007 nominations included filmmakers Kevin DeFreitas and Bruce McDonald as well as videos for The Dears and Bedouin

direct video link : jaws of life

reviews : video static | drawn! | cartoon brew | dekku

Holy Fuck's limited edition 2007 EP on cd & vinyl · The album layout designed by James Mejia and Brian Borcherdt. Chad Van Gaalen sketches were collaged by James Mejia. The CD cover was gold stamped and embossed. "The thing even apes Run-DMC on its album sleeve. Grab it before it's gone I tell you." URB magazine

I designed the artwork for Lily Frost's Cine Magique ( A very beautiful record. I also designed The Swallows Awkward Situation CD ( Glenn Milchem's (drummer for Blue Rodeo and Holy Fuck) side-project "imagines a chance meeting between Luke Doucet and Coldplay... Crazy Horse..." - Brad Wheeler, The Globe & Mail

I had the honour of designing the artwork for a Ron Sexsmith album. Time Being is an amazing record from a classic, critically acclaimed, and down-to-earth singer songwriter. The package includes a 12-page booklet with some illustrations by

I designed the album artwork for the debut CD Fire by Danish singer /songwriter Pernille, the self-titled debut CD from HolyFuck and the vinyl edition of Wintersleep's Untitled.

I did the artwork for Wintersleep's "Untitled" (dp023) CD. The artwork / panels are part of a series of mixed media on wood.

"Ambitious and remarkably accessible. Not since Eric's Trip has a Canadian band managed to so successfully combine music that's both head-smashingly heavy and heart-achingly delicate." - FFWD, Calgary

I designed the album artwork for Dead Air Verbatim by Contrived, By Divine Right's Sweet Confusionand The Remains of Brian Borcherdt's The Remains of Brian Borcherdt Vol.2.

James Mejia - Selected Works

February 26th - March 20th 2005
Spin Gallery, 1100 Queen Street W. Toronto ON. Canada

"In this new collection, Mejia combines his multiform media interests into a synthetic whole that is comprised of an admixture of wood, aluminum, water colour, ink, photography (found and taken), digital graphics and more."
- Jon Murphy