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

SOLD

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

SOLD

Interior walls of the painter's mind

2016 \ Mixed Media \ 180 x 120cm

Looking for Urchins and Louis Ferrari

2018 \ Oil on canvas \ 240 x 180cm

SOLD

Rungli Rungliot 5

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

SOLD

Sea Monsters with no fins

2018 \ Oil on canvas \ 200x140cm

The Bulker wades Past Peninsula and so we Jubilate

2018 \ Oil on canvas \ 240x180cm

SOLD

The Girl

2018 \ Corten Steel \ 196x123x81cm

SOLD

The Pointing Girl

2018 \ Oil on mirror and ornate frame \ 54x64cm

The boy

2018 \ Corten Steel \ 216x95x84cm

\ News

News

James Drinkwater collaborates with boutique fashion label Alpha60

7 November 2017

James Drinkwater has created a body of work inspired by his travels to French Polynesia for boutique Melbourne fashion label, Alpha60.

The designers, Georgie and Alex Cleary along with James will be joined by Wendy Whiteley who will wear a custom-made ensemble at the launch on Wednesday in Alpha60's Chapter House space in Melbourne.

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\ Exhibitions featuring James Drinkwater

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 Christmas dates: Please note the gallery will be closed from 4pm on Saturday 22 December. We reopen at 9am on Wednesday, 9 January 2019.