James Drinkwater

\ Winner of the 2014 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

Born 1983
Lives and works in Newcastle

Artist's CV

Represented by nanda\hobbs

James Drinkwater is a Newcastle based painter and sculptor. He studied at the National Art School, Sydney (2001) and has held 30 solo exhibitions since 2004. A major survey exhibition, 'The Sea Calls me by Name’, was held in 2019 at the Newcastle Art Gallery. In 2016, Monash University’s engineering faculty commissioned a major sculpture / relief from the artist which spans fifteen metres, hanging permanently at Monash University's Clayton Campus. In 2017 Drinkwater collaborated with iconic Australian fashion house ALPHA60 to produce a capsule collection. In 2022 Drinkwater was included in the seminal exhibition ‘Singing In Unison - artist’s need to create on the same scale that society has the capacity to destroy’ curated by Phong H. Bui and Cal Mckeever from The Brooklyn Rail along side Sean Scully, Julian Schnabel, Lauren Bon, Ron Gorchov and Dorothea Rockburne. The same year saw the artist collaborating on a new Ballet 'Storm Approaching Wangi - and other desires’ with choreographers Skip Willcox, Belle Beasely and composer Joseph Franklin, commissioned by Multi Arts Pavilion, MIMA Lake Macquarie where Drinkwater designed the sets and costumes and performed in the final scene. 2023 will see two major surveys of the artists work; ‘Passage’ at the NCCA, Darwin and ‘At Mid Career’ in Canberra, at the The Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, curated by Terance Maloon.

James Drinkwater’s work has been included in group exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally in Berlin, Leipzig, New York and London. He has been awarded the Marten Bequest Scholarship (2011), the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship (2014), the John Olsen National Art School Life Drawing Prize (2002) and has been a finalist in many prizes including the Wynne Prize three times, Sulman Prize and the Dobell Drawing Prize. 

James Drinkwater has undertaken international residencies in Leipzig, Titjikala, Kenya, Paris,Tahiti and Ubud. His work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, HOTA Gallery, Bendigo Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Artbank, Macquarie Bank, Macquarie University, Newcastle University, Schnabel Collection, New York, Monash University, Allens Law firm and significant private collections both in Australia and overseas.



James Drinkwater | Looking For Urchins and Louis Ferrari from Nanda\Hobbs on Vimeo.

VIDEO: James Drinkwater painting and discussing his practice ahead of his 2019 exhibition Looking for Urchins and Louis Ferrari

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

Coming In I

2015 \ Oil and collage on board \ 180 x 122cm

It's the sky! It's the sea!

2024 \ Oil on linen \ 100 x 120cm

Nigel Milsom seated in armchair

2015 \ Oil and collage on board, framed \ 182 x 124cm

Not only looking into rockpools

2024 \ Oil on linen \ 100 x 120cm

Palm Valley 1 (C)

2015-2018 \ Hand Embellished Unique State Etching \ 37.5 x 28.5cm paper size

Postcards Addressed to the Interior 9

2019 \ Ink, oil crayon and charcoal on paper \ 64 x 80cm framed

Stoic Rider

2021 \ Oil on linen \ F. 270 x 130cm

The Fall

2021 \ Oil on linen, framed \ 160cmx200cm F

The cinema of dreams

2024 \ Oil on linen \ 140 x 160cm

The paintings now have lungs

2024 \ Oil on linen \ 100 x 120cm

To empty a mind and fill it with the sea

2024 \ Oil on linen \ 140 x 160cm

Your heart is a museum

2024 \ Oil on linen \ 140 x 160cm

\ News


Are these contemporary artists the future of the market? AFR, 22 May, 2024

22 May 2024

by Elizabeth Fortescue 




[Leonard Joel's annual sale] Centum is important because the artworks are often by less established and younger artists with the potential to have market “longevity”. In other words, Leonard Joel believes these artists could help form the bedrock of the art market in future. 


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\ Exhibitions featuring James Drinkwater


Group Exhibition

13 July — 20 July 2024


Group Exhibition

29 February — 16 March 2024


Group Exhibition

18 January — 3 February 2024

Landscape and Memory

Group Exhibition

2 September — 23 September 2023

James Drinkwater


25 July — 12 August 2023

James Drinkwater


12 April — 30 April 2022


Group Exhibition

14 August — 28 August 2021

James Drinkwater

THE BOXER — When I was young I said my prayers

9 February — 27 February 2021

9 x 5"

Group Exhibition

22 January — 6 February 2021


Group Exhibition

21 January — 6 February 2021


Group Exhibition

5 August — 22 August 2020

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
Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm Closed Public Holidays (and Easter Saturday)