James Drinkwater

\ Winner of the 2014 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship \ Represented by Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary at Sydney Contemporary 2017

Born 1983
Lives and works in Newcastle

Artist's CV

Represented by nanda\hobbs

“James Drinkwater’s paintings are distinctly his own. They are richly patterned like an intriguing carpet – the shapes varied and inventive, the colour subtle with strong contrasts of light and dark and warm sonorous passages. The shapes dance – the movement of the boy dancing or of the sea? There are glimpses of the ocean, the beach, the dark rocks or the shadows in a room. As James says they are about memory and intimacy and one’s eye can wander through the paintings imagining a multiplicity of images in this richly layered world”.
Elisabeth Cummings – artist

James Drinkwater is a Newcastle-based artist whose practice traverses painting, sculpture, assemblage and collage. Drinkwater makes work about place, intimacy and memory, using abstraction, colour and mark making for transmission of these preoccupations.

Drinkwater studied at the National Art School, Sydney, before moving to Melbourne and then Germany. His work is held in major public and private collections both nationally and internationally, including the Macquarie Group Collection, Artbank, Allens law firm, the Newcastle Art Gallery, and private collections in New York, Singapore, Germany and the UK. In 2014 Drinkwater won the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship.

James Drinkwater Studio Visit February 2016

VIEW: Weekend AFR 3 page "special wrap"... “Why artist James Drinkwater has no time for doom and gloom” John McDonald, 21-22 Jan 2017

21 Aug 2017 - Listen to James Drinkwater in conversation with Maria Stoljar on Talking with Painters

\ Artworks

Black swan the first sighting

2016 \ Oil and mixed media on board \ 180x122cm


Boy with Painted Arm

2016 \ Oil and mixed media on board \ 180x120cm


Encrusting the Marvellous Heart 1

2015 \ Mixed media on paper \ 59x42cm

Encrusting the Marvellous Heart 26

2015 \ Mixed media on paper \ 76x57cm

Encrusting the Marvellous Heart 3 2015

2015 \ Mixed media on paper \ 59x42cm

Encrusting the Marvellous Heart 5 2015

2015 \ Mixed media on paper \ 59x42cm

Encrusting the Marvellous Heart, diptych

2015 \ Oil and collage on hardboard \ 180x244cm


From the Balcony, hotel Le Refuge

2016 \ Mixed media on board \ 240x240cm diptych (two panels unframed)

If this canopy would only cover me

2016 \ Oil on board \ 140x122cm


The rogue sun was kicking trees

2017 \ Oil, copper and studio debris on hardboard \ 140x122cm


Thus far and no further

2017 \ Oil and studio debris on hardboard \ 140x122cm


\ News


Laura Matthews Highly Prized

21 September 2017

Laura Matthews is having a sensational year with finalist selections and wins in a slew of art prizes. She was the regional winner of the Hunters Hill and selected as a finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize, Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize, and announced this week...the Paddington Art Prize.

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\ Exhibitions featuring James Drinkwater

James Drinkwater

Rungli Rungliot

6 February — 28 February 2017

James Drinkwater

We Are Clumsy Now on This Southern Beach - New Works from the South of France

22 March — 5 April 2016

Brave New World

Group Exhibition

18 August — 28 August 2015

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