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oil on canvas
137 x 214 cm
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oil on canvas
51 x 51 cm
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oil on canvas
137 x 198 cm
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oil on hardboard and ornate frame
36 x 43.5 cm
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James Drinkwater

The intimacy and theatre of family life and everyday events are at the core of James Drinkwater’s art practice. Inspiration might be found in the coastal life he shares with his partner and children in his hometown of Newcastle, or in something as obscure as the architecture of his son’s vintage Japanese cameras - Drinkwater is drawn to the beauty right in front of him, the magic under his nose.

Throughout his career which began aged five with classes at the Ron Hartree Art School, Newcastle, Drinkwater explored both abstraction and figuration before developing his distinctive aesthetic. He shifts between painting, sculpture, assemblage, collage and drawing in the studio but it is primarily painting where his ideas are most fully explored. His canvases are viscous, sensual, and physical with the oil applied in thick swathes of colour by palette knife, rags and his bare hands. His contemplations on themes and concepts drive both materiality and composition.

Born 1983, lives and works in Newcastle, Australia

EDUCATION

2003

  • Fine Arts, National Art School in Darlinghurst, Sydney

1992

  • Ron Hartee Art School, Newcastle

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023

  • 'You Could Just Make a Painting and Write It All In There - New Paintings from the Slip Room', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane
  • 'At Mid Career', Survey Exhibition, The Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra
  • 'Dobell's Storm, An Exhibition of Sets, Costumes and Media from the Ballet', MAC Museum, Lake Macquarie
  • 'Passage', Survey Exhibition, NCCA Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin

2022

  • 'Tesoro Mio', Nanda/Hobbs, Sydney
  • 'The Boxer, round 2/ Old photos make me cry', Newcastle University Gallery
  • 'Sand Drawings and Other Tropes', Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne

2021

  • 'I love you so much I can't stop saying goodbye', Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne
  • 'The Boxer/When I Was Younger I Said My Prayers', Nanda/Hobbs, Sydney

2020

  • 'I love you more than paintings', Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne
  • 'A Day By the Sea, Informality', Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, UK

2019

  • 'The Sea Calls Me by Name', 10 year survey, Newcastle Art Gallery
  • 'I love you to pieces then back together again', Nanda/Hobbs, Sydney
  • Sydney Contemporary, Nanda/Hobbs, Sydney

2018

  • 'Looking for Urchins and Louis Ferrari', Nanda/Hobbs, Sydney

2017

  • 'In the Halls of my Youth', The LockUp, Newcastle
  • 'Rungli Rungliot', Australian High Commission, Singapore

2016

  • 'An entire life, from the interior', NKN Gallery, Melbourne
  • ‘We are clumsy now on this Southern Beach, New works from the South of France’, Nanda/Hobbs, Sydney

2015

  • 'Every Pigeon in Paris Became a Dove, New work from Paris', Peta O'Brian Contemporary Art, London
  • 'In the Arms of Moreton Figs', Gallery 9, Sydney

2014

  • 'The boy cried STORM!!!', NKN Gallery, Melbourne
  • 'The boy and the ballet', Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2012

  • 'The Ocean Parade', Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney
  • 'Home Stretch', Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle

2011

  • 'Nostalgia for Nothing', Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2010

  • 'Brooding Town', Lain Dawson Gallery, Sydney
  • 'Postage Paid Australia, Berlin', Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle

2009

  • 'Poor Boy', Fortyfive Downstairs, Melbourne

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022

  • 'Singing in Unison', Curated by Phong H. Bui and Cal McKeever, Brooklyn Rail, New York

2019

  • 'Postcards from Twin Peaks with Paul Ryan ', Nanda/Hobbs, Sydney

2018

  • 'Kilgour Proze', Newcastle Art Gallery
  • 'Black Diamond Money', Byron School of Arts
  • 'Couplings', Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
  • 'Sweetness of the New', The Yellow House Gallery

2017

  • 'Works on Paper', Beers Gallery, London
  • Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Nanda/Hobbs, Sydney
  • Spring Art Fair 1883, NKN Gallery
  • 'Into Abstraction II', Macquarie University Gallery

2014

  • 'Paperweight', Newcastle Art Gallery

2013

  • Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Damien Minton Gallery
  • Working Newcastle, University of Newcastle
  • 'Marked', Cessnock Regional Art Gallery

2012

  • 'Young Collectors', John Buckley Gallery Melbourne
  • 'Traces', Leipzig Art Fair, Germany
  • 'The Great Australian Landscape, Tim Olsen Gallery

2010

  • 'A Perfect Day to Chase Tornados (White)', Berlin

AWARDS AND PRIZES

2020

  • Finalist, The Vincent Prize
  • Finalist, Mosman Prize
  • Finalist, Paddington Art Prize

2018

  • Finalist, Kilgour Art Prize
  • Finalist, John Glover Art Prize
  • Finalist, Wynne Art Prize

2017

  • Finalist, John Glover Art Prize
  • Finalist, Wynne Art Prize
  • Finalist, Paddington Art Prize

2016

  • Finalist, Paddington Art Prize
  • Finalist, Sulman Art Prize

2015

  • Finalist, Wynne Art Prize

2014

  • Finalist, Paddington Art Prize
  • Winner, Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship
  • Finalist, Wynne Art Prize
  • Finalist, King School Prize
  • Finalist, Newcastle University Prize

2013

  • Semi-Finalist, Doug Moran Portrait Prize
  • Highly Commended, Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship

2012

  • Finalist, King School Prize
  • Finalist, Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship

2011

  • Finalist, Dobell Drawing Prize
  • Highly Commended, Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship
  • Winner, Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship
  • Finalist, Salon Des Refuses

2002

  • Winner, John Olsen National Art School Life Drawing Prize

Collections

  • Artbank
  • University of Newcastle
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Gold Coast City Art Collection
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • Newcastle Art Gallery
  • Warner Music Australia
  • St Francis Xavier College, Newcastle
  • Bendigo Art Gallery
  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery
  • Macquarie Bank
  • Schnabel Collection New York
  • Allens Law Firm
  • Private collections, New York, UK, Singapore, Australia, Germany

28 February 2024 – 19 March 2024
‘How To Swim’ Curated by Sally Anderson featuring Lydia Balbal, Kirsty Budge, Eleanor Louise Butt, Mark Maurangi Carrol, Jedda-Daisy Culley, James Drinkwater, Adrienne Gaha, Bridie Gillman, Simone Griffin, Rhys Lee, Eytan Messiah, Sally M Nangala Mulda, Pia Murphy, Miranda Skoczek, John Smith, Ken Whisson, Bugai Whyoulter, Sally Anderson

19 December 2023 – 30 January 2024
THE SUMMER SHOW

7 – 21 December 2023
SMALL WORKS - Click and Collection

29 November 2022 – 28 February 2023
THE SUMMER SHOW

25 August 2022 – 4 September 2022
James Drinkwater ‘A N D I A M O’

June 21, 2023

JAMES DRINKWATER: AT MID-CAREER SURVEY AT DRILL HALL GALLERY

Early recognised as an exceptional talent, James Drinkwater has never toned-down the intensity and bravura of his approach to painting. His work has mined a vast legacy of modern art – Australian, British, American, French – as if all of it remains relevant, fresh and available to him. Now, on the brink of turning 40, this is the first survey of his prodigious past. While his paintings evoke figures, landscapes and interiors, they are also meticulously composed abstractions, distinctive for their complex and opulent fusion of texture, colour and spatial intrigue. This exhibition will be accompanied by a major publication.

AT MID-CAREER: James Drinkwater is curated by Terence Maloon.

The exhibition opens on Friday 23 June, 6pm, and will be officially lanched by Terence Maloon. No reservations are required to attend.

Image: James Drinkwater, We are clumsy now on this southern beach, 2016, mixed media on board, 140 x 120 cm. Private collection.

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May 4, 2022

James Drinkwater FEATURED IN HOUSE AND GARDEN MAGAZINE

Lottie Consalvo and James Drinkwater have created a big-hearted, art-filled home in their terrace house by the sea.

James’ art practice incorporates painting, sculpture, drawings and wearable textiles. “Since I was a child, making art was the clearest way I could express myself,” he says. His creativity is nourished by “generosity of any kind, whether it be the human spirit or nature itself”.

Story Elizabeth Wilson | Styling Sophie Wilson | Photography Alana Landsberry

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June 3, 2021

James Drinkwater FEATURED IN VAULT ART MAGAZINE - ISSUE 34

Written by Louise Martin-Chew

JAMES DRINKWATER - TALKING WITH PAINTERS

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