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


Encrusting the Marvellous Heart 13

2015 \ Mixed media on paper \ 59x42cm

Encrusting the Marvellous Heart 3 2015

2015 \ Mixed media on paper \ 59x42cm


Encrusting the Marvellous Heart, diptych

2015 \ Oil and collage on hardboard \ 180x244cm


Home Via Shark Alley

2019 \ Oil on canvas \ 74.1 x 84.8cm


In Bloom In Womb, Lloyd Street

2014 \ Oil on hardboard \ 160 x 120cm


Interior walls of the painter's mind

2016 \ Mixed Media \ 180 x 120cm


James James Ocean Face

2018 \ Oil on canvas \ 240 x 180cm

Looking for Urchins and Louis Ferrari

2018 \ Oil on canvas \ 240 x 180cm


Rungli Rungliot 5

2016 \ Oil on handmade paper (framed) \ 42x36cm


Sea Monsters with no fins

2018 \ Oil on canvas \ 200x140cm


The Bulker wades Past Peninsula and so we Jubilate

2018 \ Oil on canvas \ 240x180cm


The Girl

2018 \ Corten Steel \ 196x123x81cm


The Pointing Girl

2018 \ Oil on mirror and ornate frame \ 54x64cm


The boy

2018 \ Corten Steel \ 216x95x84cm

\ News


Review | James Drinkwater's survey exhibition at Newcastle Art Gallery

12 June 2019

James Drinkwater is the most recent Newcastle-based artist to be given an extensive survey exhibition by the Newcastle Art Gallery. This is a remarkable privilege for an artist still in his mid-30s, since such surveys normally document an evolving career over maybe 50 years of making and exhibiting art.

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\ Exhibitions featuring James Drinkwater

James Drinkwater


12 September — 15 September 2019

Postcards From Twin Peaks

Paul Ryan & James Drinkwater

13 June — 29 June 2019

Landscape Obscura

Group Exhibition

21 February — 9 March 2019

Summer Show

Group Exhibition

5 December — 22 December 2018

James Drinkwater

Looking for Urchins and Louis Ferrari

9 October — 3 November 2018

Spring Collector Exhibition

Group Exhibition

11 September — 6 October 2018

Summer Exhibition

Group Exhibition

6 December 2017 — 20 January 2018

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

Contact Us

to find out more about James Drinkwater.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday 11am - 4pm Saturday The gallery will be OPEN on Sunday 15 September during Sydney Contemporary 11am - 4pm