James Drinkwater

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

22 March — 5 April 2016

Born 1983
Lives and works in Newcastle

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

WE ARE CLUMSY NOW ON THIS SOUTHERN BEACH
New work from the South of France

For artist James Drinkwater, life and paint collide in an outpouring of joy, colour and line. In WE ARE CLUMSY NOW ON THIS SOUTHERN BEACH - New Work from the South of France—his first exhibition in Australia since his Brett Whiteley Traveling Art Scholarship residency in Paris—Drinkwater’s love of the great Modernists, in particular Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso is acknowledged and celebrated.  It is an exhibition that lifts the soul and engages the mind. Drinkwater finds the beauty of our world and questions “why do we not seek light over darkness”?

The last eighteen months have been the culmination of a remarkable period of travel and creativity for the artist. It is a journey that has taken him from his coastal home in Newcastle NSW to the desert of Australia and on to Paris, London and the South of France. He was accompanied by his young family who provided a source of inspiration and amplified the passion and joy he felt walking the streets of his artistic heroes.

His family has directed the artist’s eye, focusing on the minor moments of a day—a young child placing his arms in the air, lost in euphoria; his beautiful muse sunbathing on the beach. Palm trees and blue sky interplayed with his vision and through his hand and brush combine to speak of unbridled optimism.  History will note that this time was shortly before the Paris terror attacks of November 2015. The great power of Drinkwater is to remind us that no matter how hard we try to destroy, humanity can love and create hope where seemingly none exists. He connects us though his tangled lines and viscous paint to the natural world to create moments of intense beauty.

Our voyeuristic experience is amplified as we are invited by the artist to experience the personal moments of reverence in the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, otherwise known as the Matisse Chapel. Pierre Bonnard’s influence pervades Drinkwater’s large boards and touches of intimacy are revealed to the viewer over time. One feels the internal debate as the artist grapples with spiritualism and the belief systems of the religious world. It is a world with plenty of options, yet there seems to be only one that makes sense to Drinkwater—aesthetic over ritual. He is a romantic, and, at its heart, the truth of the beauty that he chooses to embrace provides his personal enlightenment. And like the painters he so admires, his gift to us is to share it.

Ralph Hobbs
March 2016.

James Drinkwater Studio Visit from Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary on Vimeo.

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\ Exhibition featured works

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Arriving Nice

2016 \ Mixed media on board \ 180x120cm

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Avenue Henri Matisse (Vence)

2016 \ Mixed Media on board \ 180x120cm

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Bathers St Tropez

2016 \ Mixed Media on board \ 180x120cm

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Boy with Ice Cream (study)

2016 \ Mixed Media on board \ 60 x 50cm

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Boy with Ice Cream Marseille

2016 \ Mixed Media on board \ 140 x 120cm

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Emerging From the Hotel Le Refuge Through Forest to the Sea

2016 \ Mixed Media on board \ 140x120cm

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Floating Flowers for sleeping Woman

2016 \ Mixed Media on board \ 180x120cm

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Flowers Fish the Woman the Boy (Gigaro)

2016 \ Oil and collage on board \ 180x120cm

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He Created an Empire with Bucket and Spade

2016 \ Mixed Media on board \ 60 x 50cm

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In the Chapel Grounds

2016 \ Mixed Media on board \ 180x120cm

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Interior Walls of the Painters World (Hotel Brice)

2016 \ Mixed Media on board \ 180x120cm

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Lazy Now on This Southern Beach

2016 \ Mixed Media on canvas \ 60 x 50cm

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Le Jardin Musee Henri Matisse

2016 \ Mixed Media on Board \ 180x120cm

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Long Day in Gigaro Beach

2016 \ Mixed media on board \ 140x120cm

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Private Garden Antibes

2016 \ Mixed Media on board \ 140x120cm

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Self Portrait with Two Heads

2016 \ Mixed Media on board \ 60 x 50cm

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Slow Morning at The Regina

2016 \ Mixed media on board \ 140x120cm

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The Windows of Vallauris

2016 \ Mixed Media on canvas \ 60 x 50cm

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The Windows of vallauris 2

2016 \ Mixed Media on board \ 60 x 50cm

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Two Red Suns Setting Over Nice

2016 \ Mixed Media on board \ 140x120cm

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Vincenzo with Fire Engine

2016 \ Mixed media on board \ 180x120cm

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We Are Clumsy Now on This Southern Beach 2

2016 \ Mixed Media on board \ 140x120cm

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\ Poem by James Drinkwater

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\ James and Vincenzo, Nice

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\ James at Matisse Chapel

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\ Vincenzo and Lottie, Vence

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\\ Gallery Installation 1

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\\ Gallery Installation 2

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\\ Gallery Installation 3

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\\ Gallery Installation 4

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\\ Gallery Installation 5

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\\ James in the gallery

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14 June — 23 June 2017

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Level 1 66 King Street Sydney, NSW 2000
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